L'indovino

The Fortune Teller

Pietro Longhi

Author
Pietro Longhi
Venezia, 1701 - 1785
Title
The Fortune Teller
Catalogue
468
Date
ca. 1752
Support
Canvas, 60 x 48 cm
Provenance
Donated by Girolamo Contarini, 1838
Hall
Sala 6

Fragments of aristocratic life are depicted as they are being carried out in small, simplified spaces, illuminated by an artificial light and defined by their domestic setting. In observing his scenes, the Venetian painter Pietro Longhi deploys the lucid precision, detachment, and emotional objectivity born of a scientific, Enlightenment predisposition. His expressively highly essential interpretation is nonetheless of an evocatively extraordinary efficacy.