The Game of Civetta

The Game of Civetta

late 18th century
Pietro Fabris, Italian
Active Years: 1754-1804
Oil paint on canvas
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

Pietro Fabris
Italian, active 1754–1804
The Game of Civetta, late 18th century
Oil paint on canvas
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2019.8.2

image height: 33 3/8 in, 84.7725 cm; image width: 47 7/8 in, 121.6025 cm; frame height: 40 1/4 in, 102.235 cm; frame width: 55 in, 139.7000 cm
European and American Art Before 1900
European Painting and Sculpture before 1900

The painting is one of a pair illustrating an allegory of male naiveté and the slyness of women. “Civetta” is the Italian word for "screech-owl" but is also used informally to describe a flirtatious woman, or coquette. In the painting male birds are caught in traps set by women using an attractive woman as bait. 

Known Provenance
Baroque Holdings, Inc.; their sale, Sotheby’s, New York, May 22, 1997, lot 126; from which acquired by William M. B. and Bernadette Johnson Berger; Berger Collection Educational Trust; gifted to the Denver Art Museum, 2019. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.
Exhibition History
  • “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017