Giacomo (Il Pitocchetto) Ceruti
(1698 - 1767)
Giacomo (Il Pitocchetto) Ceruti was active/lived in Italy. Giacomo Ceruti is known for comestible still life, figure, and portrait painting.
Biography Giacomo (Il Pitocchetto) Ceruti
Known as "Il Pitocchetto" or the Beggar Painter because of his
realistic paintings of peasants wearing rags, Giacomo Ceruti was active
in Northern Italy during the late Baroque period in Italy. Although
his primary subjects are 'low-life' persons, they are depicted with
dignity and self possession.
An art historian has described these paintngs "as confronting us with
the detritus of the community; the displaced and homeless poor; the old
and the young with their ubiquitous spindles, eloquent signs of their
situationless poverty and unwanted labor; orphans in their orderly,
joyless asylums plying their unpaid toil; urchins of the streets eking
out small coins as porters and sating them in gambling; the diseased,
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