Venetian painting, which had flourished during the High Renaissance, saw one of its final and yet most brilliant high points in the art of Giambattista Tiepolo (1696-1770). His monumental wall paintings adorned the most important sacred buildings and residences of the ruling houses of the period. Through the radiant strength of his colors, the theatrical illusionistic picture compositions and the exuberant content of his energetic allegories the artist's reputation spread far beyond the borders of Italy. Tiepolo's masterpieces include the fresco decorations in the bishop's palace at Wurzburg, which represent a milestone in the history of painting. His virtuoso master of an airborne perspective enabled him to realize bold and difficult pictorial concepts and to suspend the laws of gravity in his vertiginous groupings of figures.