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The porter
18th Century
Giacomo CERUTI
The porter
[Il Portarolo]
Oil on canvas
130 x 95 cm  [HxW]
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano

A Lombard realist who worked from 1720-1750 Ceruti was known in Brescia, where he worked, as il Pitocchetto or ‘the beggar painter’. His realistic works of peasants or low life street people were popular, particularly with his patrons in Brescia, the aristocratic Avogadro family. The porter sits on a basket, the tool of his trade.

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