25 January 2005
Pietro Longhi (Venice 1701-1785)
A priest holding his breviary
black chalk on brown paper
13 x 8½ in. (330 x 216 mm.)
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V. Moschini, Pietro Longhi, Milan, 1956, fig. 173.
T. Pignatti, Pietro Longhi, Venice, 1968, p. 119, fig. 309.
Similar priests, some of them portraits of known individuals, appear in Longhi's semi-satirical painting of The Monks, Canons and Friars of Venice dated 1761 and now in the Pinacoteca Querini Stampalia, Venice (T. Pignatti, op. cit., fig. 221).
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