Giambattista Tiepolo (1696-1770)
Oil on canvas - 57 x 43 cm
Lisbon, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
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1/01/2008 — Acquisition — Lisbon, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga — Last November 29, Giambattista Tiepolo’s Entombment of Christ (ill.), one of his last works, painted in 1769 or 1770 in Spain, was auctioned to the Portuguese government by the sales house Leiria & Nascimento for 1.5 million euros. The announcement that the painting would be listed had initially set off a debate but the Portuguese Minister of Culture, Isabel Pires de Lima stated that the owner, Mrs. Ferreira Pinto-Basto had been informed three years ago that it would be refused for export.
This Entombment of Christ has been known since its first publication in 1940. Its size and date link it . to a Descent from the Cross formerly deposited at the Kunsthaus in Zurich by a private Swiss collector and sold for £1.4 million at Christie’s London on 10 July 2002. Like the second canvas, it is inspired directly from Rembrandt’s work, particularly an engraving of the same subject dated circa 1654.
It will join The Flight into Egypt, another late work of the same size by the artist, donated by the Ferreira Pinto-Barbo family in 1946, already in the museum