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date: 18 November 2019

Longhi family(iii)locked

  • John Wilson


Italian family of artists. They were active in Venice. (1) Pietro Longhi was the son of Alessandro Falca, who has been variously noted as a painter and goldsmith. It is not known when or why Pietro adopted the name of Longhi, under which he always worked. He was best known for his small genre paintings that were outside the mainstream of contemporary Venetian art. His son (2) Alessandro Longhi was also individualistic in approach and was most admired for the realistic qualities of his unofficial portraits, many of which depict humble subjects.

(b Venice, 1700–02; d Venice, May 8, 1785).

Painter and draughtsman. His father, Alessandro Falca, encouraged his natural talent for drawing, and he studied under Antonio Balestra for ‘several years’, according to his son, (2) Alessandro Longhi. Balestra probably took Pietro to Bologna and recommended him to Giuseppe Maria Crespi. No documents exist on Longhi until ...

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