Tiepolo's Incontro al Molo to headline January 29 sale

A Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo drawing (1727-1804) is to lead the Old Master Drawings auction at Sotheby's New York on January 29.

Titled Incontro al Molo: A 'Codega' Showing The Way To A Noble Couple on a Molo (1791), the drawing depicts a noble couple requesting directions from a lantern bearer.

It is valued at $600,000-800,000.

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo drawing
The work by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo depicts a Venetian lantern bearer directing a couple

Best known for pen and ink drawings of his native Venice, Tiepolo (1727-1804) is a well-regarded artist. He was the son of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, whose masterpiece The Arrival of Henry III at the Villa Contarini sold for $51.8m in 2012.

Another drawing by Domenico Tiepolo, Punchinello Collapses in the Road, is valued at $400,000-600,000.

It is one of a number produced by the artist during his career illustrating the life of Punchinello, a character from the Italian Commedia dell'Arte - also the inspiration for Mr Punch in the British Punch and Judy tradition.

Head of a Bearded Man Seen in Profile by Domenico Beccafumi (1484-1551) carries a $350,000-450,000 estimate.

Domenico Beccafumi Bearded Profile
Beccafumi's work was technically ahead of its time

A highly accomplished work in oils, the painting demonstrates Beccafumi's aptitude for capturing light and shade - leading to a three-dimensional effect.

He is considered one of the last exponents of the Sienese school - which dispensed with the rigid outlines of Byzantine art, instead exploring a more fluid form that was widely adopted during the Renaissance.

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