The Painter in His Studio

Object Details

Title:

The Painter in His Studio

Artist/Maker(s):

Pietro Longhi (Italian, 1701 - 1785)

Culture:

Italian

Place(s):

Italy (Place created)

Date:

about 1741 - 1744

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

41 x 53.3 cm (16 1/8 x 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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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
by 1891

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

1891 -

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

- 1931

Gen. Archibald Stirling of Keir, 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 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
Venetian Painting of the Eighteenth Century (1911)
  • Burlington Fine Arts Club (London), 1911, (Cat. 1)
Eighteenth Century Venice (January 3 to March 14, 1951)
  • Whitechapel Art Gallery, (London), January 3 to March 14, 1951, (Cat. 58)
  • Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, (Birmingham), March 21 to April 18, 1951, (Cat. 58)
European Masters of the Eighteenth Century (1954 to 1955)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1954 to 1955, (Cat. 318)