Sounds like the name of a designer shirt, but actually it’s the name of an artist — an artist who has some suggestions for how we might jazz up our pictures.  Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo was an artist of the 18th century.

What has he got to teach us today?  (I’m not going to make this complicated.)  Paint ostriches!  Think for a moment what you see in this spectacular, virtuoso drawing:  ostriches, people in funny hats, outdoor architecture, airy landscape, ladies in fancy dresses — all in one picture.  Tiepolo was about 73 when this frolic took place.

This, I tell you, is one stop shopping at its best.

[Top of the post:  Punchinello with Ostriches by Domenico Tiepolo (Oberlin College, Allen Memorial Art Museum)]

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