The Visit

Artist: Pietro Longhi (Pietro Falca) (Italian, Venice 1701–1785 Venice)

Date: 1746

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 24 x 19 1/2 in. (61 x 49.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1912

Accession Number: 14.32.2


Here an elegant woman, accompanied by her family chaplain and possibly her husband, receives an escort who toys with her dog. The ring-biscuit may well carry erotic overtones. The decoration of the drawing room is typically Venetian.