Pietro Longhi depicts the act of painting as an intimate scene of contemporary life. Longhi invites the viewer into a painter's studio, where the artist, surrounded by an array of his tools and props, creates a faithful likeness of a typical Venetian lady sitting for her portrait. Her costumed companion has removed his mask, which allowed him to pass incognito in public during the free-spirited months of Carnival.


  • Title: The Painter in His Studio
  • Creator: Pietro Longhi
  • Date Created: about 1741–1744
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 41 × 53.3 cm (16 1/8 × 21 in.)
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2011.20
  • Culture: Italian
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Purchased in part with funds realized from the sale of paintings donated by Burton Fredericksen and William Garred.
  • Creator Display Name: Pietro Longhi (Italian, 1701 - 1785)
  • Classification: Paintings (Visual Works)

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