The Immaculate Conception, between 1733 and 1736

  • Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian, 1696-1770
  • Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian, 1696-1770

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 13 5/16 × 11 1/8 × 1/16 inches (33.8 × 28.3 × 0.1 cm)
  • Framed: 19 11/16 × 16 9/16 × 2 15/16 inches (50 × 42 × 7.5 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb



European Painting

  • Immaculate conception
  • Putti
  • Baroque
  • Religion
  • Oil
  • Canvas
  • Figures (representations)
  • Celestial globe
  • Painting (visual work)
  • Bozzetto
  • Venice
  • Snake
  • Virgin mary

Signed, Marks, Inscriptions

Inscribed, canvas verso, in ink, [per a 1977 photograph]: G[?] Battista Tiepolo | [two illegible lines]


1903, sold at auction by Galerie Leislter (Leister) (Vienna, Austria). by 1905-1912, Galerie Weber (Hamburg, Germany); 1912, sold at auction by Rudolph Lepke’s Kunst-Auctions-Haus (Berlin, Germany); 1912, purchased by Marcell Nemes [1866–1930] (Budapest, Hungary); 1913 June 17, sold at auction by Galerie Manzi (Paris, France). by 1930, Axel Beskow (Los Angeles, California, USA); 1930, purchased by Edgar B. and Anna Scripps Whitcomb (Detroit, Michigan, USA); 1930-1936, collection of Edgar B. and Anna Scripps Whitcomb (Detroit, Michigan, USA); 1936-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Published References

Frimmel, Theodor V. "Rundschau," Blätter fur Gemäldekunde 1 (1905): p. 15. Molmenti, Pompeo. Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: la sua vita e le sue opera. Milan, 1909, p. 316 (ill.) [as by imitator of Tiepolo]. Sack, Eduard. Giambattsta und Domenico Tiepolo: Ihr Leben und Ihre Werke. Hamburg, 1910, p. 188, no. 328. Molmenti, Pompeo. Tiepolo, La Vie et L'Oeuvre du Peintre. Paris, 1911, p. 253, pl. 241, (ill.) [as by imitator of Tiepolo]. Galerie Weber: Hamburg. Sales cat., Rudolph Lepke’s Kunst-Auctions-Haus., February 20-22, 1912, p. 74, no. 163. Collection Marczell de Nemes de Budapest. Sales cat., Galerie Manzi. Paris, June 17-18, 1913, unpaginated, no. 83 (ill.). Heil, Walter. Catalogue of Paintings in the Permanent Collection of The Detroit Institute of Arts of the City of Detroit. Detroit, 1930, unpaginated, no. 224 (ill.). Scheyer, Ernest. "Some Paintings by Tiepolo," Bulletin of the DIA 16, no. 2 (November 1936): pp. 24-27, pp. 26-27 (ill.). Scheyer, Ernest. Baroque Painting. Detroit, 1937, pp. 31-32 (ill.). Richardson, Edgard P. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Catalogue of Paintings. Detroit, 1944, p. 132, no. 224 [as by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo; dated about 1740]. Richardson, Edgar P. Catalogue of the Paintings and Sculpture Given by Edgar B. Whitcomb and Anna Scripps Whitcomb to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1954, p. 103. Morassi, Antonio. A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings of G.B. Tiepolo. London, 1962, p. 11 [as "Contemporary copy after the sketch in Amiens"]. Fredericksen, Burton B. and Federic Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, 1972, p. 196 [as by School/Studio of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo]. Gemin, Massimo and Filippo Pedrocco. Giambattista Tiepolo: i Dipinti, Opera Completa. Venice, 1993, p. 302. Giambattista Tiepolo, 1696-1770. Exh. cat., Musée du Petit Palais. Paris, 1998, p. 116, no. 5. Bissell, R. Ward, Andria Derstine and Dwight Miller. Masters of Italian Baroque Painting: The Detroit Institute of Arts. London, 2005, pp. 9, 196-99, no. 63. Derstine, Andria. "The Detroit Institute of Arts and Italian Baroque Painting." In Buying Baroque: Italian Seventeenth-Century Paintings Come to America, ed. Edgar Peters Bowron. University Park, 2017, p. 97.

Rights Status

possibly Giovanni Battista Tiepolo; possibly workshop of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, The Immaculate Conception, between 1733 and 1736, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb, 36.29.