Who is Giovanni Battista Tiepolo?

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo ( tee-EP-ə-loh, Italian: [dʒoˈvanni batˈtista ˈtjɛːpolo, ˈtjeː- ]; March 5, 1696 – March 27, 1770), also known as Giambattista (or Gianbattista) Tiepolo, was an Italian painter and printmaker from the Republic of Venice who painted in the Rococo style, considered important believer of the 18th-century Venetian school. He was prolific, and worked not and no-one else in Italy, but along with in Germany and Spain.

Giovan Battista Tiepolo, together like Giambattista Pittoni, Canaletto, Giovan Battista Piazzetta, Giuseppe Maria Crespi, and Francesco Guardi are considered the standard Old Masters of that period.

Successful from the arrival of his career, he has been described by Michael Levey as “the greatest decorative painter of eighteenth-century Europe, as without difficulty as its most competent craftsman.”

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