Destroyed during a Bombardment in 1915, the fresco by Giambattista Tiepolo for the ceiling of the church of Santa Maria di Nazareth degli Scalzi in Venice was made between 1743 and 1745. He was probably assisted by the painter Gerolamo Mengozzi and his eldest son Giandomenico.
The fresco represented the Transportation of the Holy House of Loreto by the Angels. The christian legend tells that the House where the Annunciation was made to Mary by the Archangel Gabriel was moved at the very end of the thirteenth century from the Holy Land to the city of Loreto on the Adriatic coast.
Having heard about the destruction of the fresco, I began to search for a trace of this fresco, in catalogues, in the master’s collection of drawings, in the articles that mentioned him and that did compare the two studies of 1743 (the first preserved at the Galleria dell’Accademia and the second at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles), I carefully studied all the preparatory studies with particular attention for the « Low-angle shot » drawings…
It is a small anonymous gravure of the ceiling of Tiepolo dating from 1910 whose size is 16,6 x 13,1 cm, found at a Parisian antique dealer who gave me the idea to reproduce the fresco of the ceiling. I enlarged the gravure digitally and then returned the image and changed its parameters to read all the details. This is how I started, not without anxiety, on April 10, 2020, while I was isolated at home due to the outbreak of the epidemics of Coronavirus, the reconstruction of the drawing of the fresco of Santa Maria di Nazareth. (…)
Between two drawing sessions, I continued my research and found a photograph by an author named Anderson and then, even more exciting, a copy painted by a Spanish artist named Mariano Fortuny in 1914 and that have been exhibited at the Correr Museum in Venice and at the Palazzo Fortuny…
(…) Helped by an engraving of the interior of the church (1860), found in the meantime, and which allowed me to interpret more accurately the architectural elements, I finished the drawing on June 05, 2020, Fifty-six days later, after forty days of work. It was then that I came across a photograph from before 1944 that showed the vault painted by Melozzo da Forli (1438-1494) of La Chapelle Feo of the church San Biagio destroyed during the Second World War…
Copy of the Transportation of the Holy House of Loreto by Tiepolo for the ceiling of the church of Santa Maria di Nazareth degli Scalzi, Pencil and inks on Vinci-Lavis paper, 104.5 x 67 cm, Olivier Maceratesi, Paris 2020.
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