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Giovan Battista Tiepolo: The Calling of Isaiah

Giovan Battista Tiepolo 1696 – 1770

The Calling of Isaiah

fresco (200 × 250 cm) — 1726 - 1729 Museum Palazzo Patriarcale, Udine

Giovan Battista Tiepolo biography

This work is linked to Isaiah 6:6

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Isaiah had a position at the court of king Uzziah. After Uzziah's death Isaiah's future became uncertain. In a vision he saw God and a number of angels. Isaiah tells them he lives among a people "of unclean lips". One of the angels then approaches Isaiah and touches his lips with a hot coal: Isaiah's lips and thereby he himself are now cleared of any sin. Isaiah immediately offers to become a prophet.

This is one of Tiepolo's ceiling paintings in the palace of the bishop of Udine.

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