LUTI, Benedetto
(b. 1666, Firenze, d. 1724, Roma)

Boy with a Flute

c. 1720
Oil on canvas, 42 x 33 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

This is an excellent example of Luti's refined portraiture. It shows a young boy holding in his hand a flute though he appears to have been distracted by something unknown to the viewer. Luti has applied skilful colouring and flowing brushwork to achieve a subtle luminosity that is particularly lustrous in the boy's curled hair and rosy cheeks.

Several replicas exist of this widely known picture, executed by various artists.