Giovanni Battista Pittoni

Dates(Venetian), 1687 - 1767

Like his illustrious younger Venetian contemporary Giambattista Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista Pittoni helped to spread the international success of the Venetian Rococo style. Most of Pittoni's religious, mythological, and historical paintings were created for German, Polish, and Russian patrons. He first trained with his uncle, Venetian painter Francesco Pittoni, then joined the guild in Venice in 1716.In the 1720s and 1730s, Pittoni's nervous brushwork produced vibrant Rococo paintings that reveal a debt to Sebastiano Ricci and Tiepolo. A sophisticated colorist, he imbued his elegant pictures with an Arcadian mood close in feeling to the French Rococo. Later, Pittoni's palette lightened and his compositions became more sedate, probably due to the prevailing trend towards Neoclassicism. Highly regarded by his contemporaries, Pittoni was a founding member of the Venetian Academy and succeeded Tiepolo as president of the institution in 1758.