Louis Gerard Scotin, a French artist, worked during the beginning of the 18th century. At this time that the world of theater and opera began to
The print here displays a scene of pastoral enjoyment with characters then popular in French theater. The characters shown are Pierrot or Gilles, two women, one of which may be Columbine, and the approaching Harlequin. The title of this piece, translated The Jealous, insinuates that somebody in this picture is jealous and it is very likely Harlequin upon finding the woman of his affections with his rival, Pierrot. Unfortunately for the naive Pierrot, she'll always end up leaving him for Harlequin, but in this scene "Little Pete" is on top.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi was born in 1720 in Mogliano Veneto, then a part of the Republic of Venice. He was famous mostly for his etchings of Rome and of imaginary "prisons". Although none of the works in the collection are of these prisons, and only one of them is recognizable as a place in Rome, it is easy to understand the stylistic darkness and mood of each of the works exhibited.
It is also notable that many of Piranesi's works employed his active imagination, especially in his prison scenes, but even in his more academic images of places in Rome. Some of the details in his works were fabricated to suit the completeness that Piranesi desired.
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo was an important figure in Italian painting and printmaking. His notoriety led him to travel around Europe, stopping for periods of time in Germany and Spain. This print has a compositional style that is very indicative of its Italian origin, but retains a very German sense of drama in the shading. This print was made around 12 years after Tiepolo returned to his home in Venice after a three year residence in Wurzburg, Germany.