The Women of Darius Invoking the Clemency of Alexander, between 1750 and 1753

  • Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Italian, 1727-1804

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 46 9/16 × 38 3/4 inches (118.2 × 98.5 cm)
  • 58 3/4 × 50 1/4 × 5 1/4 inches (149.2 × 127.6 × 13.3 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, General Membership Fund


private collection (Bavaria, Germany)

1922, Cassirer (Berlin, Germany)

W. Schnackenberg (Munich, Germany)

Julius Böhler (Munich, Germany)

1925, (Lucerne Fine Arts Co., Ltd., Lucerne, Switzerland)

1925-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Zeitschriften für Bildende Kunst 37 (March 1922): p. 26 (ill.). Burroughs, C.H. "Alexander and the Daughters of Darius by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo." Bulletin of the DIA. 7, no. 2 (1925): pp. 14-15 (ill.). Venturi, A. Studi dal vero attraverso le raccolte artistiche d'Europa. Milan, 1927, pp. 399-401 (fig. 276). [as by G.B. Tiepolo.] Heil, W. Catalogue of Paintings in the Permanent Collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 1930, cat. 222 (ill.). [as by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.] Scheyer, E. "Some Paintings by Tiepolo." Bulletin of the DIA 16, no. 2 (1936): pp. 34-37, p. 25 (fig. 1). Scheyer, E. Baroque Painting. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1937, pp. 30-31 (fig. 11). [as Giambattista Tiepolo.] Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Prints by the Two Tiepolos: Giambattista and Giandomenico. Exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, 1938, cat. 15, pp. 23-24. [as by G.B. Tiepolo.] Goering, M. "G.B. Tiepolo." Thieme-Becker Künstlerlexikon. p. 224. Richardson, E.P., ed. Detroit Institute of Arts Catalogue of Paintings, 2nd ed. Detroit, 1944, p. 132, no. 222. [as Giambattista Tiepolo.] Lorenzetti, G. Il quaderno del Tiepolo al Museo Correr di Venezia. Venice, 1946, p. 76. Detroit Institute of Arts Masterpieces of Painting and Sculpture. Detroit, 1949, p. 83. Mostra del Tiepolo: catalogo ufficiale. Venice, 1951, cat. 56bis, p. 138 (ill.). [attributed to Gian Domenico.] Venice 1700-1800. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts and John Herron Art Museum. Detroit and Indianapolis, 1952, cat. 67. Detroit Institute of Arts Paintings and Sculpture Illustrated. Detroit, 1953, p. 81. Morassi. "Una Mostra del Settecento Veneziano a Detroit." Arte Veneta. 1953, pp. 54-55. Treasures from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1960, p. 99. Precerutti-Garberi, M. "Asterischi sull'Attività di Domenico Tiepolo a Würzburg." Commentari (July-December 1960): p. 281, and pl. XCIV (fig. 16). Pallucchini, R. La pittura veneziana del Settecento. Venice, 1960, p. 257. Morassi, A. A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings of G.B. Tiepolo. London, 1962, p. 10, and pp. 12-13. [as by Gian Domenico.] Morassi, A. "Giandomenico Tiepolo." Enciclopedia Universale dell'Arte. Venice, 1965. Treasures from the Detroit Institute of Arts, 2nd ed. Detroit, 1966, p. 106, (ill.). Pallucchini, A. L'Opera Completa di Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Milan, 1968, p. 136 Mariuz, A. Giandomenico Tiepolo. Venice, 1971, pp. 31-32, 118, pl. 35. Fredericksen, B. and F. Zeri. Census of Pre-19th Century Italian Paintings in North American Collections. Cambridge, MA, 1972, pp. 196, 198. [as G.B. and G.D. Tiepolo collaboration.] Pigler, A. Barokthemen: Eine Auswahl von Verzeichnissen zur Ikonographie des 17. Und 18. Jahrhunderts, 2nd ed. Budapest, 1974, vol. 3, pl. 294. [as by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.] The Tiepolos: Painters to Princes and Prelates. Exh. cat., Birmingham Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts. Birmingham and Springfield, MA, 1978, cat. 88, (ill.) p. 30 [as by Gian Domenico Tiepolo.] Knox, G. "Tiepolo Paintings at Birmingham." Burlington Magazine 120, no. 900 (March 1978): p. 189. Knox, G. Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo, A Study and Catalogue Raisonné of the Chalk Drawings, 2 vols. Oxford, 1980, vol. I, p. 53. Masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Exh. cat., Bunkamura Museum of Art, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, and Museum of Modern Art. Tokyo, Kyoto, and Ibaraki, 1989, pp. 73, 213, cat. 41 (Japanese text, pp. 165-166) (ill.). Gemin, M. and F. Pedrocco. Giambattista Tiepolo; I Dipinti, Opera Completa. Venice, 1993, p. 505, no. 14. Syre, C. "'Wahrhafte Kopie' des Vaters? G. Domenico Tiepolo und seine Gemälde der Würzburger Zeit." Der Himmel auf Erden. Tiepolo in Würzburg. Munich, 1996, vol. 2, pp. 80-90, p. 81 (ill.) p. 82, and note 15 on p. 90. Bissell, R.W., A. Derstine, and D. Miller. Masters of Italian Baroque Painting: The Detroit Institute of Arts. London, 2005, pp. 9, 200-205, cat. no. 64.

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, The Women of Darius Invoking the Clemency of Alexander, between 1750 and 1753, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, General Membership Fund, 25.207.