Giambattista Pittoni

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Giambattista Pittoni
Giambattista Pittoni, portrait by Bartolomeo Nazari.jpg
Portrait of Pittoni by Bartolomeo Nazari
Born(1687-06-06)6 June 1687
Died(1767-11-06)6 November 1767
Venice
Known forpainting
Stylelate Baroque, Rococo

Giambattista Pittoni (or Giovanni Battista Pittoni; 6 June 1687 – 6 November 1767) was an Italian painter. His paintings are from the late Baroque or Rococo period.[1] He was among the people who started the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice.

Pittoni was born in Venice on 6 June 1687. He worked there for most of his life.[1][2][3] He travelled to France in 1720. It was around this time that his style of painting changed. His style became influenced by French styles.[1] Pittoni joined a Venetian guild of painters in 1716.[4]:104 He served as president of the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice from 1758 to 1760 and from 1763 to 1764.[1][5]:28 He was in high demand all across Italy during his life.[1]

Loaves and fishes[change | change source]

The miracle of the loaves and fishes is a 1725 painting by Pittoni. It is in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria, Australia. The story is recorded in all four gospels. Pittoni’s depiction is of the gospel of John (6:3–13): ‘Jesus went into the mountains … a great multitude followed him, He bade them sit down, took five loaves and two fishes and, giving thanks, broke them and the disciples distributed them’.

Works[change | change source]

Venus and Mars (1720–1725), held in the Louvre in Paris

Death[change | change source]

Pittoni died in Venice on 6 November 1767. He is buried in the church of San Giacomo dell'Orio.[6]:384 His reputation quickly faded after his death. Interest in him was revived in the 20th century.[1][7]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Alice Binion (n.d.). Pittoni, Giambattista. Grove Art Online / Oxford Art Online. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (subscription needed).
  2. Giovanni Battista Pittoni 1687 – 1767. London: The National Gallery. Accessed August 2015.
  3. Laura Coggiola Pittoni (1935). Pittoni, Giambattista (in Italian). Enciclopedia Italiana. Roma: Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana. Accessed August 2015.
  4. Franca Zava Boccazzi (1979). Pittoni: L'opera completa (in Italian). Venezia: Alfieri.
  5. Elisa Viola (2005). L'Accademia di Venezia: i maestri, le collezioni, le sedi (in Italian). Venezia: Marsilio. ISBN 978-88-317-8655-3. p. 28.
  6. Eliot Wooldridge Rowlands (1996). The collections of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Italian paintings, 1300–1800. Kansas City, MO: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
  7. Laura Coggiola Pittoni (1907). Dei Pittoni, Artisti Veneti (in Italian). Bergamo: Istituto Italiani d'Arti Grafiche.