Pietro Longhi’s The Painter in His Studio

Pietro Longhi’s The Painter in His Studio

Isabella Lores-Chavez discusses an interesting painting by Pietro Longhi, The Painter in His Studio, painted between 1741–44, now on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

In the painting, she notes, that “Longhi wanted to show the world as it was. The Painter in His Studio shows the intersection of two social realities. The painter is at work with his palette and brushes, while a young woman engages in the common aristocratic practice of sitting for a portrait.”Bob Duggan reviews an exhibition of paintings by Gabriel Metsu (1629–1667) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Duggan writes that the exhibition provides “a glimpse of a contemporary and rival of Vermeer, who seems so unique in the public’s imagination.” Duggan continues “[Vermeer] sought a ‘painterless’ style with no visible brushstrokes, Metsu imitated that style but still allowed his painterly personality to shine…”

Gabriel Metsu 1629–1667 is on view through July 24, 2011.

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