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Pietro Longhi Besuch in der Bibliothek oil painting


Besuch in der Bibliothek
Painting ID::  89013
Pietro Longhi
Besuch in der Bibliothek
c. 1741(1741) Medium oil on canvas Dimensions 59 x 44 cm cjr

   
   
     

Pietro Longhi The Milliner oil painting


The Milliner
Painting ID::  89312
Pietro Longhi
The Milliner
c. 1746(1746) Medium Oil on canvas Dimensions 61 x 49,5 cm cjr

   
   
     

Pietro Longhi Die Ankunft des Signore oil painting


Die Ankunft des Signore
Painting ID::  89470
Pietro Longhi
Die Ankunft des Signore
1765-1770 Medium oil on canvas Dimensions 62 x 50 cm cyf

   
   
     

Pietro Longhi Portrat einer venezianischen Familie oil painting


Portrat einer venezianischen Familie
Painting ID::  89522
Pietro Longhi
Portrat einer venezianischen Familie
1760-1765 Medium oil on canvas Dimensions 80 x 89 cm cjr

   
   
     

Pietro Longhi Besuch bei einem Lord oil painting


Besuch bei einem Lord
Painting ID::  89632
Pietro Longhi
Besuch bei einem Lord
1746(1746) Medium oil on canvas cyf

   
   
     

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     Pietro Longhi
     1702-1785 Italian Pietro Longhi Galleries Pietro Longhi was born in Venice in the parish of Saint Maria, first child of the silversmith Alessandro Falca and his wife, Antonia. He adopted the Longhi last name when he began to paint. He was initially taught by the Veronese painter Antonio Balestra, who then recommended the young painter to apprentice with the Bolognese Giuseppe Maria Crespi, who was highly regarded in his day for both religious and genre painting. He was married in 1732 to Caterina Maria Rizzi. Among his early paintings are some altarpieces and religious themes. In 1734, he completed frescoes in the walls and ceiling of the hall in Ca' Sagredo, representing the Death of the giants. Henceforward, his work would lead him to be viewed in the future as the Venetian William Hogarth, painting subjects and events of everyday life in Venice. The gallant interior scenes reflect the 18th century's turn towards the private and the bourgeois. Many of his paintings show Venetians at play, such as the depiction of the crowd of genteel citizens awkwardly gawking at a freakish Indian rhinoceros (see image). This painting chronicles Clara the rhinoceros brought to Europe in 1741 by a Dutch sea captain and impresario from Leyden, Douvemont van der Meer. This rhinoceros was exhibited in Venice in 1751. There are two versions of this painting, nearly identical except for the unmasked portraits of two men in Ca' Rezzonico version. Ultimately, there may be a punning joke to the painting, since the young man on the left holds aloft the sawed off horn (metaphor for cuckoldry) of the animal. Perhaps this explains the difference between the unchaperoned women. Other paintings chronicle the daily activities such as the gambling parlors (Riddoti) that proliferated in the 18th century. In some, the insecure or naive posture and circumstance, the puppet-like delicacy of the persons, seem to suggest a satirical perspective of the artists toward his subjects. Nearly half of the figures in his genre paintings are faceless, hidden behind Venetian Carnival masks. Like Crespi before him, Longhi was commissioned to paint seven canvases documenting the seven Catholic sacraments. Longhi is well-known as a draughtsman, whose drawings were often done for their own sake, rather than as studies for paintings. Pietro's son, Alessandro, was also an accomplished painter. A paraphrase of Bernard Berenson states that "Longhi painted for the Venetians passionate about painting, their daily lives, in all dailiness, domesticity, and quotidian mundane-ness. In the scenes regarding the hairdo and the apparel of the lady, we find the subject of gossip of the inopportune barber, chattering of the maid; in the school of dance, the amiable sound of violins. It is not tragic... but upholds a deep respect of customs, of great refinement, with an omnipresent good humor distinguishes the paintings of the Longhi from those of Hogarth, at times pitiless and loaded with omens of change".

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