Rarely-seen breathtakingly candid portraits by one of the most sophisticated, witty and innovative artists of the eighteenth century are on show in a major new exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery this summer. Although now largely unknown in Britain, Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702-89) was a much-celebrated figure in the age of Mozart and Casanova. An adventurous traveller, who was hugely skilled both as an artist and as a self-publicist, Liotard enjoyed a long and prolific career working in the major cities and courts of Europe. He is most renowned for his work in pastel, a delicate medium in which he achieved astonishing levels of detail, and for the compelling, uncompromising honesty of his portraits. This exhibition of some 50 works from private and public collections around the world – the first major celebration in the UK of Liotard’s work – also includes examples of the

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