Everywhere a new way of life is evolving...the sparkle of society and the sheen of silk...
This is The Presentation by Pietro Longhi, (1704-1785.) The piece was done in 1740 (give or take) and is only 25.5" x 21". The small canvas is intimate and offers a glimpse at life inside the home...of Venetians! Longhi moved to Venice when he was 28 years old.
That is a great way to be remembered but he was a painter before a chronicler, and it must be noted. His style is one of delicacy when it comes to soft details. These details of color, texture and light are easily noticed in the clothing. Close attention has been paid to the fashion of the time because it was engulfing society. The fashion is depicted accurately from a delicate shoe to a silky piece for the hair.
Vigee Le Brun also took advantage of these color plays. His smart use of color brings the subjects close to us, and enliven them from the background. Even the expressions they own, give license for fun narratives to be imagined.
This piece along with others of Longhi can be viewed at the Louvre, in the Denon Wing, room 24.