Friday, January 1st, 2010

Giambattista Tiepolo at Carlton Hobbs

on view through Tuesday evening, February 2 as part of an exhibition of Master Drawings and Paintings organized by Jean-Luc Baroni of London, at Carlton Hobbs, 60 East 93rd Street between Madison and Park avenues on New York’s Upper East Side, 212 423 9000.

The auctions last week of old master prints and drawings brought a slew of fringe exhibitions to New York, including Jean-Luc Baroni’s display at Carlton Hobbs, where the stand-out work, arguably, was this Flora by Tiepolo. Believed to be among the group of works commissioned by Elizabeth of Russia, it has been kept in a family chateau in France since at least the 19th Century, for much of the time in the attic. Also in attendance for her New York outing were an exquisite oil sketch portrait by Jean-Fran├žois Millet, possibly of the artist’s sister, and a portrait by Hugh Douglas Hamilton of the sculptor Antonio Canova.

This was an artcritical PIC in January 2010