Standing Woman Holding a Muff, Turned Slightly to the Right (recto); Studies of Heads (verso)

Object Details

Title:

Standing Woman Holding a Muff, Turned Slightly to the Right (recto); Studies of Heads (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Pietro Longhi (Italian, 1701 - 1785)

Culture:

Italian

Place(s):

Italy (Place created)

Date:

about 1755 - 1760

Medium:

Black and white chalk (recto); Black chalk (verso)

Dimensions:

27.9 x 17.6 cm (11 x 6 15/16 in.)

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Turning slightly to the right with her hands tucked deep inside a muff, a woman stands solemnly in a long cape. This drawing and another of a similar subject originally formed a single sheet and have remained together since being divided, probably in the 1800s. Pietro Longhi drew both as preliminary studies for two female figures who stand beside each other in the center of a painting.

Longhi appears to have had the final composition already in mind, since he drew this figure slightly smaller than the other, anticipating the woman's position a little farther back in the finished work. The shadows at her feet also correspond to her placement in the final painting. The letters that appear to the right of the woman's head, beneath her muff, in her skirt, and on her apron, are notes about final color choices.

The small sketch at the right margin of the drawing is a detail study for the hand of the woman in the pendant, a fraction of which is still visible at the far left of that sheet. Longhi drew various studies of heads on the verso.

Exhibitions
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993, (Cat. recto 69)
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994, (Cat. recto 24)
Figure Drawings (December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997, (Cat. recto)
Drawing Italy in the Age of the Grand Tour (February 5 to May 12, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 5 to May 12, 2002, (Cat. recto)
Light and Water: Drawing in Eighteenth-Century Venice (May 17 to August 21, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 1 to August 22, 2004, (Cat. recto)
The Secret Life of Drawings (November 23, 2010 to February 13, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 23, 2010 to February 13, 2011, (Cat. recto)