Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: Juno and Luna

Juno and Luna: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo has been seen as the most capable painter of the Venetian Rococo school of the eighteenth century, which is on display in Juno and Luna from 1735-45.

In this mature work, he presents the elevated theme of two goddesses from the Roman tradition as Luna, the goddess of the moon, makes a path for Juno, the consort of the reigning god of Roman mythology Jupiter. Luna is identifiable by the golden mask over her head that is emblematic of the moon. She wreathes this mask with a rack of cloud and behind her Juno, seated in her chariot drawn by peacocks and putti, makes her progress.

Tiepolo has painted the scene in cool colors – unusually for a Venetian painter. The picture’s Rococo or Late Baroque elements include the asymmetry of the organization of the figures and the swirls of clouds, both of which contribute dramatic movement.

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s Juno and Luna is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas.

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