Teasing a Sleeping Girl

Artist: Gaspare Traversi (Italian, Neapolitan, ca. 1722–1770)

Date: ca. 1760

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 34 1/8 x 42 3/8 in. (86.7 x 107.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Harry G. Sperling, 1971

Accession Number: 1976.100.19


Little is known of Traversi's career, but he was unquestionably the leading genre painter in eighteenth-century Naples. His pictures parodying the pastimes of the noble classes are particularly striking for their emphatic naturalism and biting wit. In this work an old woman tickles a young girl who has fallen asleep with her box of keepsakes on her lap.