Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770)

Zephyrus and Flora

Venice, about 1750

Pen, brown wash and black chalk on paper

23.9 x 33 cm

Tiepelo made this drawing as a study for the principal figures in the ceiling fresco he painted for the Room of Mirrors in the Palazzo Labia in Venice.

He also produced a small oil sketch of the complete composition. Such delicate figure studies played an important part in the production of Tiepolo’s monumental frescos with their complex compositions. According to ancient myth, Zephyr was one of the four winds and Flora was the goddess of flowers. Their union signified the arrival of spring and the renewal of life and it was a suitable subject to commemorate a wedding.

Purchased in 1936 (No. 36.9)


We show a rotating selection of works on paper in our two dedicated exhibitions spaces. If you wish to view a work not currently on display, you can make an appointment to see it in the Prints and Drawings Study Room, which is equipped with viewing lecterns and a study/seminar table.


The study room is open to students, scholars and members of the general public, individually or in small groups, by prior appointment only. The room has tables and chairs to facilitate private study or seminars.


Open Monday to Friday, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4:30pm
Groups welcome – but limited to 12 people at any one time, please!


Appointments: or +44(0)121 424 7350


Related Posts