Tiepolo (1696-1770) was a painter of the last great dynasty of Italian painting, which is the Venetian school. He painted religious subjects, mythological scenes and portraits in an exuberant Baroque style. Tiepolo’s art is characterized by lightness, elegance and striking color. His canvases grace some of the world’s most prestigious museums, including the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the National Gallery in Washington D.C., and the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

Giambattista Tiepolo was born on March 5, 1696 in Venice, Italy. He was the son of a cloth dyer named Domenico Tiepolo and his wife, Cecilia Guardi. Tiepolo was baptized at the Church of San Pietro di Castello in Venice. He began his artistic career as an apprentice to the painter Gregorio Lazzarini (1655-1730). After completing his apprenticeship, Tiepolo traveled throughout Italy, working for a variety of patrons.