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Pietro Longhi

1701 - 1785

Pietro Falca, known as Pietro Longhi, was the main painter of everyday life scenes in 18th-century Venice. His typical small interior scenes record life in Venice, without biting satire or pretentiousness though perhaps with a trace of gentle irony. Longhi had been born in Venice, the son of a goldsmith, and trained first by the history painter, Antonio Balestra (1666-1740).

He was subsequently in Bologna, as a pupil of Guiseppe Maria Crespi, who was well known for his studies of contemporary life, influenced by the work of Dutch painters. Longhi returned to Venice before 1732, the year of his marriage, and was active for a period as a history painter. The first dated example of his typical small interior scenes is from 1741.