Previous
The Painter in His Studio
Enlarge Zoom in
Purchased in part with funds realized from the sale of paintings donated by Burton Fredericksen and William Garred.

Pietro Longhi
Italian, about 1741 - 1744
Oil on canvas
16 1/8 x 21 in.
2011.20

Add to Getty Bookmarks

Pietro Longhi depicts the act of painting as an intimate scene of contemporary life. Longhi invites the viewer into a painter's studio, where the artist, surrounded by an array of his tools and props, creates a faithful likeness of a typical Venetian lady sitting for her portrait. Her costumed companion has removed his mask, which allowed him to pass incognito in public during the free-spirited months of Carnival.