Two Orientals seated under a Tree
This painting is part of the group: Four Decorative Scenes

This decorative canvas is one in a series of four, which alongside larger narrative paintings (National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and The Art Institute, Chicago) once graced a ‘cabinet of mirrors’ in the Venetian palace of the powerful Cornaro family. The theme of the room was based on Torquato Tasso’s epic poem 'Jerusalem Delivered' (1581). Three of the paintings in the collection (NG6302NG6303 and NG6304) are documented through etchings (in reverse) by Domenico and Lorenzo Tiepolo as the work of their father. 

In this painting two men in turbans are seated under a tree. One of them is holding a jar. It seems that rather than illustrating a specific subject, Tiepolo has imagined figures and motifs inspired by Tasso’s 'Jerusalem Delivered'.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1696 - 1770
Full title
Two Orientals seated under a Tree
Group
Date made
about 1740-6
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
158.8 x 53 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1960
Inventory number
NG6305
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Four Decorative Scenes

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
about 1740-6
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: 'Two Men in Oriental Costume'
Painting
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
about 1740-6
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: 'Rinaldo turning in Shame from the Magic Shield'
Painting
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
about 1740-6
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: 'Seated Man, Woman with Jar, and Boy'