Study of a Boy in a Blue Jacket

Artist: Benedetto Luti (Italian, Florence 1666–1724 Rome)

Date: 1717

Medium: Pastel and chalk on blue laid paper, laid down on paste paper

Dimensions: 16 x 13 in. (40.6 x 33 cm)

Classification: Pastels & Oil Sketches on Paper

Credit Line: Gwynne Andrews Fund, 2007

Accession Number: 2007.360


Trained partly in Rome, where he settled in 1690, Luti enjoyed the patronage of Cosimo III de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. He was admitted to the Accademia di San Luca in 1694 and elected its principal in 1720. In addition to being a painter, draftsman, and pastelist, Luti was a connoisseur, collector, and dealer. His pastels fall into three groups: portraits, bearded male heads thought to represent apostles, and studies from the model. This work is the best of a number of versions of a study of a boy wearing a blue coat in which Luti conveys the disarming directness and sweetness of childhood.