The Painter in His Studio

Pietro Longhiabout 1741–1744

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

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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