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Patrician family
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18th Century
Born 1702 Italy, Died 1785
Patrician family
[Famiglia Patrizia]
Oil on canvas
62 x 50 cm  [HxW]
Museo del Settecento Veneziano "C Rezzonico", Venezia

At a time when most of the contemporary art was allegorical and decorative Longhi’s scenes of 18th century life were a novelty. Working in an almost miniaturist tradition he painted well-to-do Venetians in the comfort of their drawing rooms. Based on careful drawings he captures the appearance and dress of this unidentified noble family and thereby presents a valuable visual social history.

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