The Artist's Studio  1750

by Johann Georg Platzer

The busy surface pattern exemplifies the use of ornament in central European art of the 1700s. This work also reveals a lot about artistic training in the 1700s while presenting painting as an intellectual and noble pursuit. The man at center-an idealized portrait of the artist-shows off a Bacchanal to a connoisseur, while his pupils reveal Platzer's road to success. A stu...
41.90 x 60.00 cm (16 7/16 x 23 9/16 inches)
Oil on copper
Courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Art