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Young Woman Writing a Letter

Young Woman Writing a Letter, c. 1755-60

Pietro Antonio Rotari
Italian, 1707-1762
Oil on canvas
33-1/2 x 27-1/8 in. (85 x 68.9 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Pietro Rotari exemplified the type of highly successful, itinerant artist of the eighteenth century who traveled to wealthy patrons. He created many genre portraits, including images of pretty young girls smiling, frowning, dozing and casting coquettish glances.

Rotari's cool palette, smooth brushwork and graceful reserve made him one of the most pleasing artists of the eighteenth century. Viewing this young woman writing a love letter from close up, we are invited to experience the cozy sensation of her daydream, which is presumably about her paramour.

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