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The Rest on the Flight into Egypt Print by Giambattista Pittoni

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The Sacrifice of Polyxena Print by Giambattista Pittoni

The Sacrifice of Polyxena

The Sacrifice of Polyxena Print by Giambattista Pittoni

The Sacrifice of Polyxena

The Christ and Saint Peter Print by Giambattista Pittoni

The Christ and Saint Peter

Nativity with God the Father and the Holy Spirit Print by Giambattista Pittoni

Nativity with God the Father and the Holy Spirit

The Massacre of the Innocents Print by Giambattista Pittoni

The Massacre of the Innocents

The Madonna annunciate Print by Giambattista Pittoni

The Madonna annunciate

Alexander triumphant in Babylon Print by Attributed to Giambattista Pittoni

Alexander triumphant in Babylon

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The Rest on the Flight into Egypt Print by Giambattista Pittoni

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Giambattista Pittoni or Giovanni Battista Pittoni (6 June 1687 – 6 November 1767) was a Italian painter of the late Baroque or Rococo period, and was active mainly in Venice. He was among the founders of the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, and became its second president in 1758, succeeding Tiepolo.[1]


Pittoni was born in Venice, and studied painting under his uncle Francesco Pittoni and Antonio Balestra. Little is known of his early career. He entered the Venetian painters' guild in 1716. In 1722-1723, he was commissioned to paint the altarpiece depicting the Torture of St Thomas for the church of San Stae, which also contains one if his later works in its sacristy. He also completed the Glory of the Virgin for the church of Santa Maria in Organo in Verona in 1725. In 1727, he was appointed honorary Academic of the Accademia Clementina in Bologna.

In subsequent years, Pittoni never left his native Venice, but completed a number of important and lucrative commissions for German, Polish, Russian, Italian and Austrian patrons, including The Sacrifice of Jephthah's daughter for the Royal Palace of Turin, works for the Marshal von Schulenburg, and a Martyrdom of St Batholomew for the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua.

Vision of Saint Anthony of Padua, San Diego Museum, California, United States of America

By 1740, Pittoni established a studio and residence in the San Giacomo district of Venice, and took on numerous apprentices, including Francesco Busti. Pittoni was a co-founder of the official painter's academy in Venice (in competition to the old fraglia or painter's guild), the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, and served as President during 1758–1761. Pittoni died at age 80 in Venice. His tomb is at the church of San Giacomo dall'Orio.

Pittoni came to be known for his "grand-manner" canvases depicting religious, historical, and mythological subjects. He was influenced by Piazetta, Sebastiano Ricci, Antonio Balestra, and Tiepolo, a younger contemporary. Pittoni's mature palette, like Tiepolo's, was notable for the light tones. His style emerged from a highly decorative Rococo style, but matured towards a more sober Neoclassicism.

Selected paintings

Pittoni never signed or dated his paintings.

Holy family, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hagar in the desert, Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Oil on Canvas, Venice
Justice and Peace, fresco, Palazzo Pesaro, Venice
Nativity (1740), National Gallery, London
Susanna and the Elders (1720), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City;
Sacrifice of Isaac (1720), Church of San Francesco della Vigna, Oil on Canvas, 118 x 155 cm, Venice
Descent from the Cross (c. 1750), Palace of Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California
Sacrifice of Polyxena (1733-1734), Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Christ and St Pierre, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Annunciation (1758), Accademia, Venice
Death of Joseph, Berggruen Museum in Charlottenburg Palace, National Gallery (Berlin), Oil on canvas, 97 x 79 cm, Berlin, Germany
St Elizabeth Distributing Alms (1734) Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Oil on canvas, 72 x 43 cm, Budapest
St Jerome and Peter of Alcantara (1725) Oil on canvas, 275 x 143 cm; National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Penitent Magdalene (1740) Accademia, Venice, Oil on canvas, 48 x 38 cm
Sacrifice of Polyxena, Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia; Oil on canvas, 129 x 94 cm,
Vision of St Anthony of Padua, (1730), 35 1/2 in. x 23 1/4 in. San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park, California
David and Bathsheba, 74x64 cm
The family (1740), private collection
Finding of Moses (c. 1730), Portland Art Museum, Oregon
Miracle of the loaves and fishes (1725), oil on canvas, 120.1x178.5 cm, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Martyrdom of Saint Thomas, Church of San Stae, Venice
Death of Sophonisba, Oil on canvas, 165 x 214 cm; Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia
Rest on the Flight into Egypt (1725), Oil on canvas, 108 x 135 cm; Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain
St Roch (1727), Oil on canvas, 42 x 32 cm, Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
Allegorical monument to the glory of Isaac Newton, (c. 1727-29), Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Nativity, oil on canvas, 74 × 56 cm, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Quimper
Stoning of St Stephen, second left picture of the Church's altar of S. Maria Diessen
Death of Agripina and Death of Seneca, Dresden Gallery
Eliezer and Rebecca, c. 1725, Musée des Beaux-arts de Bordeaux, France
Enthroned Madonna and child venerated by Saints Peter and Pius V (1723-1724), Church of Santa Corona, Vicenza
Madonna with Saints, Church of San Germano dei Berici
Diane and Actaeon, oil on canvas, 147 x 197.5 cm, c. 1725; Palazzo Chiericati, Vicenza
Sacrifice de Jephthah, Museo di Palazzo Reale, Genoa
Portrait of Cardinal B. Roverella, Accademia dei Concordi, Rovigo
Jupiter protect the Justice, The Peace and the Science, Plafonds decoration, Ca' Pesaro, Venice
Saints Presenting a Devout Woman to Virgin and Child, Cleveland Museum of Art
Allegory of Painting and Allegory of Sculpture, Accademia, Venice
Annunciation, Städelsches Kunstinstitut
Madonna of Sorrows, Museum Gemäldegalerie (Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz)
Martyrdom of Saint Clement. Sketch for Altar at Clemenskirche, Muenster, Uppsala University Collection [Universitet Konstsamling]
St. Peter, Kunsthalle

In the Louvre Museum of Paris:
Christ grants Keys of Paradise to St Peter
Continence of Scipio (1733-1735).
Suzanne et les vieillards (1723-1725).
Tombeau allégorique de l'archevêque John Tillotson (1630-1694) (1726-1727).
Bacchus and Ariadne (1720-1725).
Mars and Venus (1720-1725).
Sacrifice of Polyxena at the Tomb of Achilles.
Dido founds Carthage.


Other museums with works by Pittoni include: Uffizi Gallery, Florence; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Southampton City Art Gallery, UK; São Paulo Museum of Art, Brazil; Samuel Henry Kress Foundation Collection; Newhouse Galleries, New York; Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Colon; Gemäldegalerie Museum, Berlin; Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester; Ca' Rezzonico - Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Venice; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien; Courtauld Institute, London, UK; Nationalmuseum, Stockholm; Ambrosiana, Milan; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota; Walters Art Museum, Maryland; Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville (KY); Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Galleria del Prague Castle, Prague; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Sartorio Civic Museum, Trieste; York City Art Gallery, York, UK; Saint Louis Art Museum, St Louis, Missouri; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Museum; Moratilla, Paris; Oranienbaum, Russia China Palace, Russia.


Elisa Viola (2005). L'Accademia di Venezia: i maestri, le collezioni, le sedi (in Italian). Venezia: Marsilio. ISBN 9788831786553. p. 28.

External links

Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Bollettino d'arte del Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali, Italian government
National Gallery, London
Giovanni Battista Pittoni b. 1687 Venice, Italy, d. 1767 Venice, Italy, painter; draftsman Italian. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Giambattista Pittoni at Gallery of Art
Pittoni Biography

Further reading

Katharine Baetjer, European Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Artists Born Before 1865, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995
Ian Chilvers, The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists, Oxford University Press, Oxford, Uk, 2009
Jane Turner, The Dictionary of Art. 25, pp. 1–4. New York, Grove, 1996. ISBN 1-884446-00-0
F.Z. Boccazzi, Pittoni, Venice, 1979, pp. 138, 148 and 156, no. 96, fig. 376.
Franca Zava Boccazzi, Giambattista Pittoni, 1979
Annalisa Perissa Torrini, Disegni di Giovan Battista Pittoni, Electa, 1998
Giovanni Battista Pittoni (l'Ancien), Lodovico Dolce, Di Battista Pittoni pittore vicentino anno MDLXVIII Imprese di diuersi prencipi, duchi, signori, e d'altri personaggi et huomini letterati et illustri, 1568
Katharine Baetjer, J.G. Links, Canaletto, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989
M. Goering, G. B. Pittoni, Florence, 19
L. Goggiola, Pittoni artisti veneti, Bergamo 1907
R. Pallucchini, I disegni di G. B. Pittoni, Padova 1945
Franca Zava Boccazzi: Pittoni: L'opera completa. Venedig 1979
Alice Binion: I disegni di Giambattista Pittoni. Florence, La Nuova Italia 1983
H. Voss, Artikel Pittoni in Thieme, Becker Künstlerlexikon, XXVII, Lipsia 1933 (con ampia bibl.)
Rudolf Wittkower, Art and Architecture in Italy, 1600-1750, 1980, Pelican History of Art (Penguin Books Ltd)
M. Goering, Zur Kritik u. Datierung d. Werke ds G. B. P., in Mitt. d. kunstl Inst. in Florenz, IV (1934), pp. 201–48.34
Per la ricostruzione dell'opera di G. P., Rass. d'arte, XII (1912), pp. 20–27, 139-44
L'arte di G. P. in una serie di opere di lui, ibid., XIV (1914), pp. 169–81
G. B. P., Firenze 1921
Riv. della città di Venezia, 1927
Dedalo, VIII (1927–28), pp. 671–95
Pseudo influenza francese nell'arte di G. B. P., in Riv. d. Venezia, XII (1933), pp. 399–412 (con elenco completo delle opere e completa bibl.)
Altre opere inedite rivendicate o poco note di G. B. P., Venezia 1933 (con 43 illustr.)
Disegni inediti di G. B. P., in Riv. di Venezia, XIII (1934), pp. 263–90; G. Fogolari, in Boll. d'arte, 1907, p. 6 segg.; id., in Emporium, XXXVII (1913), pp. 222–27
In Arte sacra, 1914; id., in Strenna, 1924-25
G. Fiocco, in Riv. della città di Venezia, 1925, 1929
La pittura veneta del Sei e Settecento, Verona 1929
Francesco Maccarinelli, Le Glorie di Brescia raccolte dalle Pitture, Che nelle sue Chiese, Oratorii, Palazzi et altri luoghi publici sono esposte, Brescia 1747
Pier Virgilio Begni Redona, Pitture e sculture in San Nazaro e Celso in AA.VV., La collegiata insigne dei Santi Nazaro e Celso in Brescia, Editrice la Scuola, Brescia 1992


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