A music party in the interior of a Palazzo; and Masked figures gaming and dancing in a Venetian casino a pair, oil on canvas 85 x 105.5cm (33 7/16 x 41 9/16in). (2).
The Veronese artist Giuseppe de Gobbis has been identified as the author of a group of paintings similar in style to those of Pietro Longhi in Ca' Rezzonico, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Salom Collection, Segromigno Monte, on the basis of Anna Pallucchini's study of paintings formerly in Palazzo Stucky. His style is characterised by a smooth application of colour and rather plump-faced doll-like figures.
These paintings are classic depictions of the decadent lifestyle to which fashionable Europe gravitated during the dying days of the Serene Republic, which also witnessed an unprecedented artistic flowering of achievement in painting and music. In a society which constantly looked to its past greatness, such scenes of contemporary life were something of a novelty. The first scene shows a fashionable concert, while the second takes place during Carnival: on the chair in the foreground is a discarded stole lined with fur to guard against the chill of this time of year, and the masked figures appear to be engaged in overtures to the amorous intrigues which customarily flourished during this extended season of frivolity.