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This
  painting, among the great pastoral compositions of the period, has always
  enjoyed the favour of critics. In addition to
  the luminous, enamelled quality of the paint application, the canvas is also
  innovative in composition, the protagonists being set back from the
  foreground and a neutral backdrop having been abandoned. The landscape in the background is not particularly
  defined, but is articulated so as to accentuate the circularity of the light
  that invades the scene. The depiction of
  the two young people is also remarkable: dressed in their best clothes, their
  portraits convey a sensitive and delicate empathy.

Details

  • Title: Spinner and farmer with a basket
  • Creator: Giacomo Ceruti, detto Pitocchetto
  • Date Created: 1765 approx.
  • Location: Castello Sforzesco, Pinacoteca, Milan
  • Physical Dimensions: 218 x 143 cm
  • Provenance: Purchase from Antonio Matteazzi, 1935
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Comune di Milano - Civiche Raccolte Artistiche, Castello Sforzesco, Milano
  • External Link: https://pinacoteca.milanocastello.it/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Original title: Filatrice e contadino con gerla
  • Artist Nationality: Italian
  • Artist Death Date: 1767
  • Artist Birth Place: Milan
  • Artist Birth Date: 1697

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