An Allegory of War 
Fresco Transferred to Canvas, Oval
26 x 38 in. 

An Allegory of Victory 
Fresco transferred to canvas, oval
26 x 38 in. 


These two detached frescoes are part of a decorative scheme painted by Tiepolo for an unknown project, presumably a villa in the Veneto. They are painted en grisaille, but with delicate lavender tones, to imitate relief sculpture. The concept of the two figures seated atop clouds and viewed from below attests to the original placement of the two frescoes high on a wall or perhaps over a door. The shading at the right and left of the ovals further indicate that the two Allegories were placed on either side of a window.