Study of a Girl in Red

Artist: Benedetto Luti (Italian, Florence 1666–1724 Rome)

Date: 1717

Medium: Pastel and chalk on blue laid paper, laid down on paste paper

Dimensions: 16 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. (41.9 x 34 cm)

Classification: Pastels & Oil Sketches on Paper

Credit Line: Gwynne Andrews Fund, 2007

Accession Number: 2007.361

Not on view
The sultry young model holds a picture or a mirror. This pastel and that of the boy in a blue jacket form a contrasting pair that always must have been together. Each is inscribed by the artist and dated 1717 on the reverse.
The sultry young model in red, her dark blond hair touched with butter-colored highlights, holds a picture or a mirror. With her direct glance, she is an unusually bold female type for Benedetto Luti. The present pastel and that of the boy in a blue jacket (see 2007.360) form a contrasting pair that must always have been together. Each is dated 1717 and inscribed in a style that is characteristic of Luti on the original backing. Similar works may be found at Holkham Hall, Norfolk; in the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence; and in the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. The pastels have always been admired by connoisseurs.

Katharine Baetjer 2010
Inscription: Signed and dated (reverse): Roma 1717 [date underlined] / Il Caual[iere]. / Benedetto Luti fece
[Hampton & Sons, London]; Elizabeth Huth Coates, San Antonio (until d. 1996); her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Stieren, San Antonio (1996–2000; sale, Christie's, London, July 4, 2000, no. 126, for £32,900 to Brady); [W. M. Brady, New York, 2000–2007; sale Sotheby's, New York, May 27, 2004, no. 10, withdrawn; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Pastel Portraits: Images of 18th-Century Europe," May 17–August 14, 2011, no. 2.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Eighteenth-Century Pastels," August 6–December 29, 2013, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits," July 26–October 29, 2017, no catalogue.

Katharine Baetjer in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2007–2008." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 66 (Fall 2008), p. 26, states that the two pendants, "which seem always to have been together, display contrasting moods, lighting, and tone".

Katharine Baetjer and Marjorie Shelley. "Pastel Portraits: Images of 18th-Century Europe." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 68 (Spring 2011), p. 7, no. 2, ill. (color).

Rodolfo Maffeis. Benedetto Luti: l'ultimo maestro. Florence, 2012, p. 343, no. IV.24, ill.