The Visit

Pietro Longhi (Pietro Falca) Italian

Not on view

An elegant woman looks out of the painting with an expression both bored and bemused. She is encircled by four men, including a standing figure who is probably her husband, a family chaplain, and a possible suitor dressed in yellow, whose offer of a biscuit to the dog may carry erotic overtones. This is one of four paintings by Longhi in The Met’s collection from a larger series capturing the foibles of eighteenth-century Venetian society. The frames are original.

The Visit, Pietro Longhi (Pietro Falca) (Italian, Venice 1701–1785 Venice), Oil on canvas

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