By a long shot the best Italian rococo painter
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770)—a.k.a. Giambattista Tiepolo—was the best Rococo artist there was, influenced by his Venetian Late Renaissance predecessors but also the Roman and Neapolitan Baroque.
His specialty was painting ceiling frescoes (and canvases meant to be placed in a ceiling) that opened up the space into frothy, cloud-filled Heavens of light, angels, and pale, sun-risey colors.
Though he painted many works for Veneto villas in his native Italy, he also spent much of his time traveling throughout Europe on long commissions (his work in Würzburg, Germany enjoys distinction as the largest ceiling fresco in the world).
His son Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727–1804) carried on the family tradition.
Selected works by Tiepolo in Italy
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (1574) by Giandomenico Tiepolo in the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan
"Abraham Praying before the Three Angels" (1730) by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
Allegory of Virtue and Nobility (1740–50) by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo in the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan
Comunione of Santa Lucia (1748) by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo in the Castello Sforzesco, Milan
"The Triumph of Zephyr and Flora" (1734–35) by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo in the Ca' Rezzonico, Venice
"Sacred Family" or "Sacra Famiglia" (1749) by Giandomenico Tiepolo in the Ca' Rezzonico, Venice
"The scourge of Snakes" or "Castigo dei serpenti" (1732–35) by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo in the Accademia Galleries, Venice
Il Naufragio di San Satiro (The Shipwreck of St. Satiro) (1737) by Giambattista Tiepolo in the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, Milan
Where to find works by Tiepolo in Italy
Milan's sprawling 15C castle is home to several excellent museums, of tapestries, archaeological artifacts, paintings by Bellini and Mantegna, and sculptures from medieval to neoclassical—including Michelangelo's final sculpture, the Rondanini Pietà