Making Tiepolo: Synchromism

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Queen Zenobia Addressing Her Soldiers, Italian, 1696 - 1770, 1725/1730, oil on canvas, Samuel H. Kress Collection





The Tiepolo piece is based on “Queen Zenobia Addressing Her Soldiers in the National Gallery of art in Washington, D.C. It is my current favorite painting and I spent many visits looking at it. The shape derives from visual lines within the painting. Synchromism is about how color can be used to define space in a painting. The most famous proponent of Synchromism was Thomas Hart Benton, and his influence can be seen in the work of Jackson Pollock.




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