Study of a Girl in Red, 1717
Benedetto Luti (Italian, 1666–1724)
Pastel and chalk on blue laid paper, laid down on paste paper; 16 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. (41.9 x 34 cm)
Gwynne Andrews Fund, 2007 (2007.361)
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, Saint Petersburg. The pastels have always been admired by connoisseurs.