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Shepherd Boy with Hat and Staff

The Venetian painter Piazzetta enjoyed international fame during his lifetime, and in 1750 he became the first director of the Venetian Academy. His paintings, which are notable for their sense of realism and are characterized by a dark palette and chiaroscuro, offer a contrast with the more dramatic and brightly colored works of other celebrated Venetian artists of the eighteenth century, such as Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. In addition to religious paintings, Piazzetta is known for his portraits and figure studies that document the people of Venice.

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta
Italian, 1682‒1754
Shepherd Boy with Hat and Staff
ca. 1720–40
Oil on canvas
18 x 15 in. (45.7 x 38.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 82.31