Painting: Look Upward, Angels

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo wanted people to look up to his art. He painted his most famous work on ceilings. Venetian by birth and rococo by temperament, the 18th century master loved to loft dangling goddesses, altitudinous angels and rafters of neck-craning cherubs. His specialty, naturally, was clouds, and his best work adorns sundry ceilings from Madrid's royal palace to Wurzburg's bishop's Residenz. Last week Tiepolo unexpectedly raised the roofs in London.

An enterprising and inquisitive art expert from Christie's auction house, David Carritt, 37, a protégé of the late Bernard Berenson,...

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