L'INDOVINA

THE FORTUNE TELLER

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

Artwork not on display
Author
Giovanni Battista Piazzetta
Venezia 1683 - Venezia 1754
Title
THE FORTUNE TELLER
Catalogue
483
Date
1740–1745
Support
Canvas
Provenance
Purchased 1887

The title given in the 1891 Brera Guide is misleading and has given rise to an array of different interpretations. This painting remains nonetheless a charming pastoral scene which exalts love and country life, in keeping with contemporary Arcadian renderings in French painting. A summer light bathes the pearlescent flesh of this rustic goddess in her straw hat as she offers herself languorously to the viewer, scantily clad in cream and pink.