L'INDOVINA

The Fortune Teller

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

Author
Giovanni Battista Piazzetta
Venezia 1683 - Venezia 1754
Title
The Fortune Teller
Catalogue
483
Date
1740–1745
Support
Canvas, cm 183,2x144
Provenance
Purchased 1887
Hall
Sala 6

Regardless of the multiple iconographic interpretations (the title with which the work has been known since the late nineteenth century, as included in the Guide to Brera of 1891, was misleading), this painting describes a charming pastoral idyll which, in line with the contemporary Arcadian expressions of French painting, celebrates love and rural life. A summer light caresses the pearl-white complexion of this country goddess who with her straw hat and revealing cream and pink dress, offers herself to our gaze.