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upper left margin in brown ink: 36; lower left in brown ink: Dom.o Tiepolo f

Provenance

Sotheby's London, 6 July 1920, part of 41; Richard Owen, Paris; Countess Wachmeister; Sotheby's London, 15 December 1954, 110; William Hallsborough Gallery London, 1955; Richard S. Davis, Minneapolis, MN; Robert H. and Clarice Smith, Bethesda, MD; given to NGA, 1979.

Exhibition History
1921
Divertimento per li Ragazzi, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, 1921, (unpubl.)
1954
Fine Old Master Drawings and Paintings, Sotheby & Co., London, December 15, 1954, no. 110
1955
Exhibition of Fine Painting of Four Centuries, The Hallsborough Gallery, London, 1955, no. 24.
1979
Domenico Tiepolo's Punchinello Drawings, Indiana University Art museum and Stanford University Art Museum, Indiana and California, 1979, no. 37.
1980
Tiepolo's Punchinello Drawings, The Frick Collection, New York, 1980.
1990
The Mask of Comedy: The Art of Italian Commedia, The JB Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, 1990, no. 41.
1995
Splendori del Settecento Veneziano, Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice, 1995, 475, 476, no. 203 (repro. p. 475)(entry by Attilia Dorigato).
1996
Domenico Tiepolo: Master Draftsman, Civici Musei e Gallerie di Storia ed Arte, Udine, 1996; Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, 1997, no. 170, as The Happy Release.
1996
Domenico Tiepolo: Master Draftsman, Indiana University Museum of Art, 1996, no. 170
2004
Tiepolo: Ironia e Comico, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2004, no. 37.
2014
The Poetry of Light - La poesia della luce: Venetian Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, Museo Correr, Venice, Venice, 2014 - 2015, no. 118.
Bibliography
1955
Nicholson, Benedict. "Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions," The Burlington Magazine 97.625 (1955): 724.
1979
Vetrocq, Marcia E. Domenico Tiepolo’s Punchinello drawings. Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, 1979: 110-111.
1983
Knox, George. "Domenico Tiepolo's Punchinello Drawings: Satire or Labor of Love," Satire in the 18th Century. (New York & London: 1983): 128 and 144, under #36.
1984
Knox, G. "The Punchinello Drawings of Giambattista Tiepolo," Interpretazioni Veneziani: Studi di storia dell'arte in onore di Michelangelo Muraro. (Venice 1984): 128, 131, 144.
1986
Gealt, Adelheid. Domenico Tiepolo's Punchinello Drawings. (New York: 1986): 104-105, no. 40.
1990
Pedrocco, Filippo. Disegni di Giandomenico Tiepolo. (Milan: 1990): 89, pl. 32.
1991
Quinn, Michael L. "The Comedy of Reference: The Semiotics of Commedia Figues in Eighteenth-Century Venice," Theater Journal 43.1 (1991): 89 (reproduction only).
1995
Splendori del Settecento Veneziano. Exh. cat. Electa, Milan, 1995: 475-476.
1996
Gealt, Adelheid M. and George Knox. Domenico Tiepolo: Master Draftsman. Electa, Milan, 1996: 100, 231.
1998
Shefer, Elaine. "Masks/Personae." In Encyclopedia of Comparative Iconography: Themes Depicted in Works of Art, edited by Helene E. Roberts. 2 vols. Chicago, 1998: 2:578.
2004
Gealt, Adelheid M., "Divertimento per li Ragazzi," Tiepolo: Ironia e comico. (Venice: 2004): 185.
2004
Mariuz, Adriano and Giuseppe Pavanello. Tiepolo: Ironia e comico. Marsilio, Venice, 2004: 200, 202.
2012
McHale, Katherine. "Child's Play? Giandomenico Tiepolo's Punchinello Drawings and the Fall of Venice." Master Drawings 50, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 108-109, fig. 13 (color).