By Roberto Calasso
Few have even tried to take on Tiepolo's sequence of thirty-three extraordinary and haunting etchings, the Capricci and the Scherzi, yet Roberto Calasso rises to the problem, reading those etchings as chapters in a gloomy narrative that includes the key of Tiepolo's paintings. Blooming ephebes, lady satyrs, Oriental sages, owls, snakes: we'll locate all of them, together with Punchinello and dying, in the pages of this booklet, in addition to Venus, Time, Moses, various angels, Cleopatra and Beatrice of Burgundy - a motley, gypsyish corporation consistently at the go.
Calasso makes transparent that Tiepolo was once greater than a stunning intermezzo within the background of portray. relatively, he represented a specific manner of assembly the problem of shape: endowed with a fluid, possible easy kind, Tiepolo was once the final incarnation of that bizarre Italian advantage sprezzatura, the paintings of no longer seeming artful.