LONGHI, Alessandro
(b. 1733, Venezia, d. 1813, Venezia)

Portrait of a Lady

c. 1770
Oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Originally following in the footsteps of his father, Alessandro Longhi found his own direction as a specialist portrait-painter, although his style is always lighter and less acutely and intellectually penetrating than that of Pietro. In this painting of the Uffizi, the face, with its surface smile, without secret thoughts, impenetrable as the white mask attached to the black three-cornered hat, is engulfed by the stunning dress, with its lace frills and intricately embroidered cloak; the climax is the pink ribbon she is wearing round her neck.