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(b Venice, 20 June 1687; d Venice, 17 Nov. 1767). Venetian painter of religious, historical, and mythological pictures. He had a highly successful career and ranks as one of the best contemporaries of Tiepolo, whom he succeeded as president of the Venetian Academy in 1758. As far as is known, Pittoni never left Italy, but he nevertheless received important foreign commissions from the Swedish, Austrian, and German courts.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)