The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Painter in His Studio

Object Details

Title:

The Painter in His Studio

Artist/Maker:

Pietro Longhi (Italian, 1701 - 1785)

Culture:

Italian

Place:

Italy (Place Created)

Date:

about 1741–1744

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Object Number:

2011.20

Dimensions:

41 × 53.3 cm (16 1/8 × 21 in.)

Credit Line:

Purchased in part with funds realized from the sale of paintings donated by Burton Fredericksen and William Garred.

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Object Description

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.

Provenance
Provenance
by 1891

George Augustus Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck, British, 1821 - 1891 (London, England) [sold, Christie's, London, July 11, 1891, lot 571, to Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd.]

1891 -

Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. (London, England)

- 1931

Gen. Archibald Stirling of Keir, British, 1867 - 1931, by inheritance to his son, William Joseph Stirling of Keir, 1931.

1931 - 1963

Lt. Col. William Joseph Stirling of Keir, 1911 - 1983 [sold, Sotheby's, London, July 3, 1963, lot 42, to Edward Speelman.]

1963 -

Edward Speelman, 1910 - 1994

- 1979

Sir Charles Clore, 1904 - 1979

- 2011

Fine Art Foundation (Switzerland), sold to Hindlip Fine Art.

2011

Hindlip Fine Art (London, England), sold to Simon Dickinson, Ltd., 2011.

2011

Simon Dickinson, Ltd. (London) (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Venetian Painting of the Eighteenth Century (1911)
  • Burlington Fine Arts Club (London), 1911
Eighteenth Century Venice (January 3 to April 18, 1951)
  • Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), January 3 to March 14, 1951
European Masters of the Eighteenth Century (November 27, 1954 to February 27, 1955)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), November 27, 1954 to February 27, 1955
Hogarth and Europe (November 1, 2021 to March 20, 2022)
  • Tate (London), November 1, 2021 to March 20, 2022
Bibliography
Bibliography

Christie, Manson & Woods, London. Catalogue of the Highly Important Collection of Ancient and Modern Pictures. July 8, 1891, p. 55, no. 571.

Bell, C. F., et al. Venetian Painting of the Eighteenth Century, exh. cat. (London: Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1911), no. 1.

Graves, Algernon. Art Sales from Early in the Eighteenth Century to Early in the Twentieth Century, 3 vols. (London: Graves, 1918-21; repr., New York: Franklin, 1970), vol. 2 (1921), p. 183, no. 571.

Watson, Francis J. B., ed. Eighteenth Century Venice, exh. cat. (London: Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1951), p. 23, no. 58.

European Masters of the Eighteenth Century, exh. cat. (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1954), p. 95, no. 318.

Moschini, Vittorio. Pietro Longhi (Milan: Martello, 1956), p. 24.

Sotheby & Co., London. Catalogue of Highly Important Old Master Paintings. July 3, 1963, pp. 44-45, no. 42, ill.

Pignatti, Terisio. Pietro Longhi (Venice: Alfieri, 1968), p. 88, pl. 49.

Pignatti, Terisio. Pietro Longhi: Paintings and Drawings, Complete Edition. Pamela Waley, trans. (London: Phaidon, 1969), p. 76, pl. 49.

Pignatti, Terisio. L'opera completa di Pietro Longhi (Milan: Rizzoli, 1974), pp. 87-88, no. 34, ill.

Pignatti, Terisio, ed. Pietro Longhi dal disegno alla pittura, exh. cat. (Venice: Sala Napoleonica, with Alfieri, 1975), under nos. 4, 5.

Mariuz, Adriano, Giuseppe Pavanello and Giandomenico Romanelli, eds. Pietro Longhi, exh. cat. (Venice: Museo Correr, with Electa, 1993), p. 96, under no. 47.

Martineau, Jane, and Andrew Robison, eds. The Glory of Venice: Art in the Eighteenth Century, exh. cat. (London and New Haven: Royal Academy of Arts, with Yale University Press, 1994), p. 463, under no. 183.