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Masked Party in a Courtyard

Pietro Longhi, Italian, 1700/02–1785
Oil on canvas
Made in
Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe
Current Location
On View, Gallery 202
24 1/2 x 19 7/8 in. (62.2 x 50.5 cm)
framed: 29 1/2 x 24 7/8 x 3 in. (74.9 x 63.2 x 7.6 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Public Domain
Object Number
Two groups of masked figures in an enclosed courtyard form the essential structure of this painting. By juxtaposing the seated woman with the masked figure behind her, the artist has interjected a feeling of unease into an otherwise casual grouping, a feature found in many of Pietro Longhi's scenes of upper-class Venetian society. Half-masks with a veil and Tricorn hats were worn by priviledged women and men during the months of Carnival. The artist has captured the delicate transparency of the seated woman's veil that covers but does not conceal the red flower on her bodice.
Papadopoli Collection, Venice, Italy

- 1939
Paul Drey, New York, NY, USA

1939 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Paul Drey [1]

[1] The Museum acquired the painting from Paul Drey, who stated in the bill of sale dated March 27, 1939, that the painting was previously in the Papadopoli collection, Venice, Italy [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, March 15, 1939.
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