Johann Carl Loth

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Portrait (lithograph from the artist gallery of Maximilian Franck 1818)

Johann Carl Loth , known as Carlotto , (baptized August 8, 1632 in Munich , † September 6, 1698 in Venice ) was a German Baroque painter .


Johann Carl Loth was born in Munich as the son of the Bavarian court painter Ulrich Loth . After initial training with his father as a painter, he continued his studies in Rome , where he met the painter and Rembrandt student Willem Drost , who went to Venice with him when Loth settled in Venice around 1650. There he came into contact with painters of the Italian Baroque, such as Francesco Ruschi, Giovanni Battista Langetti and Antonio Zanchi, the so-called Tenebrosi . In addition to easel pictures with mythological and biblical themes, he also painted several large-format altarpieces for churches in Venice, on the Terraferma and in Bavaria after 1670 .

Loth had a workshop in Venice with several employees who, according to his range of topics and forms, were mainly active in Bavaria , Austria and Bohemia . His most important students include Hans Adam Weissenkircher and Johann Michael Rottmayr .


  • Self-portrait . 1693, Florence, Uffizi Gallery
  • Mercur and Argus , London, The National Gallery
  • Martyrdom of St. Eugene , around 1684–97, Santa Maria del Giglio, Venice
  • Jupiter and Mercury at Philemon and Baucis , before 1659, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum


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