The Painter in His Studio
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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.

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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.