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Pietro Longhi

Pietro Longhi

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87 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #3559
Pietro Longhi was a Rococo painter who also created some fresco and altarpieces, but became famous mainly for his contemporary genre paintings and portraits of the Venetian everyday life of the upper classes. He was born Pietro Falca, the son of a silversmith. He later changed his name to Longhi when he started his career as a painter. His first teacher was the Veronese painter Antonio Balestra . This then sent him to Bologna to Giuseppe Maria Crespi , who was famous for both his religious works and his genre paintings. The influence of the Dutch genre painters, of which there was at least one important art collection in Venice at that time, is also shown in Longhi's works. By 1732 at the latest, Longhi's education had ended and he returned to his hometown of Venice. In the same year he married Catharina Maria Rizzi. With her he fathered 11 children, of which, however, only 3 reached adulthood.

One of Longhi's first works was the "Gigantensturz", a historic ceiling painting in the Palazzo Sagredo. However, the work was apparently only characterized by moderate artistic success. For this reason, Longhi is said to have dedicated almost exclusively to the genre and portrait images from then on. A special feature in many of Longhi's paintings are the Venetian masks. While in some of these works some figures are presented unmasked, there are some that either lack the face or are masked by a mask. In pictures like "Ridotto", Longhi seems to suggest in a humorous, satirical way that the Venetian elite, protected by the anonymity of the masks, behaves differently and, above all, less well behaved. Today, Longhi's works offer an important opportunity to look at the social customs and everyday life of the time. This is how the famous painting "The Exhibition of the Rhino" from 1751 shows an actual event. For this rhino was exhibited in Venice this year.

Longhi's works were especially popular with the Venetian patrician families. Among his biggest clients, besides the Venetian nobility, were well-known families like Emo, Grimani, Pisani, Sagredo and many others. He was admitted to the newly founded Venetian Academy in 1756 and later became its director. At this time he began to turn increasingly from genre painting and portraiture to turn. He was able to produce various single and group portraits of the Venetian noble family. Longhi was supported in his later works by his son Alessandro, who later also became a famous portrait painter. Longhi died at the age of 83 in his hometown of Venice. © Meisterdrucke


The Moor's Letter, c.1750 (post...
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The Moor's Letter, c.1750 (post...
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Die Wahrsagerin
1752 | Oil on canvas

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Die Wahrsagerin
1752 | Oil on canvas

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The Artist's Studio, c.1746
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The Artist's Studio, c.1746
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Il Ridotto di Ca Giustiniani, Ve...
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Il Ridotto di Ca Giustiniani, Ve...
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Portrait of Francesco Guardi (17...
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Portrait of Francesco Guardi (17...
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Besuch bei einem Lord
1746 | Oil on canvas

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Besuch bei einem Lord
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Der Friseur
1760 | Oil on canvas

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Der Friseur
1760 | Oil on canvas

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The `New World'
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Die Putzmacherin
1746 | Oil on canvas

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Die Putzmacherin
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Besuch in der Bibliothek
1741 | Oil on canvas

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Besuch in der Bibliothek
1741 | Oil on canvas

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Der Apotheker
1752 | Oil on canvas

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Der Apotheker
1752 | Oil on canvas

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Porträt des Bischofs Benedetto G...
1774 | Oil on canvas

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Porträt des Bischofs Benedetto G...
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Die Zurschaustellung eines Nasho...
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Die Zurschaustellung eines Nasho...
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Die Beichte
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Die Beichte
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