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" Copyright © PhysOrg.comIndiana University Art Museum Director Adelheid M. (Heidi) Gealt and George Knox, an emeritus professor at the University of Vancouver, have reconstructed the largest-known New Testament cycle produced by a single artist: 313 large, finished drawings in ink and wa..."

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Indiana University Art Museum Director Adelheid M. (Heidi) Gealt and George Knox, an emeritus professor at the University of Vancouver, have reconstructed the largest-known New Testament cycle produced by a single artist: 313 large, finished drawings in ink and wash by Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804), one of the foremost Venetian artists active during the second half of the 18th century.Dismembered, sold and scattered soon after his death in 1804, Domenico's narrative,which retells the history of early Christianity, has never before been published or exhibited.

Nearly 60 of the finest drawings in the series will be on display later this month at the Frick Collection in New York City.Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804): A New Testament, to be held at the Frick from Oct. 24 through Jan. 7, 2007, showcases the wide variety of compositional devices, gestures and settings Domenico used for his New Testament cycle and demonstrates the artist's gift as a storyteller and chronicler of his time. A smaller version of the show will be at the IU Art Museum from March 28 through May 20, 2007. Domenico's main contribution to art history, Gealt said, is "his gift of the drawn serial narrative. Here's an artist from the end of the 18th century making these elaborate serial narratives. They have a film quality to them. He was alreadyanticipating the camera and film, and he was starting to think about how to move a story frame by frame. He made a real conscious attempt to knit the drawings together. It's startling." The exhibition coincides with the landmark publication by Gealt and Knox of the catalogue raisonné of Domenico's New Testament cycle -- a feat of historical and biblical scholarship that brings together for the first time all 313 known drawings. The book, Domenico Tiepolo: A New Testament, published by Indiana University Press, includes full-color reproductions of the drawings, arranged to follow the New Testament narrative from the lives of Joachim and Anna (Christ's grandparents) through the acts of Peter and Paul. Together, the exhibition and publication are meant to restore Domenico's lost masterpiece in its original context, Gealt said. The son and pupil ofthe celebrate......

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