Johann Carl Loth

Johann Carl Loth (Baptized 8 August 1632 – 6 October 1698) was a German Baroque painter who spent most of his life in Venice. His name is also rendered as Johann Karl, Karel and, in Italy, Carlotto or Carlo Lotti.[1]

Johann Carl Loth, lithograph from the Deutsche Künstler-Gallerie by Maximilian Franck
Allegory of Victory, sanguine

He specialized in history paintings; generally crowded group scenes. His subjects were typically from classical mythology or the Old Testament.


He was born in Munich, Bavaria. According to the biographer, Arnold Houbraken, he was one of the three grand masters of art named "Karel", or "Carl" (the other two were Karel Dujardin and Karel Marat, usually called Carlo Maratta).[2]

He was the son and pupil of Johann Ulrich Loth [de][1] and was possibly influenced by Giovan Battista Langetti. He was once commissioned to paint for the emperor Leopold I in Vienna and worked together with Pietro Liberi in Venice, where he lived from 1663 until his death in 1698.[1] His brother Franz (1639–1710) was also a painter in Venice and Germany and often collaborated with Carl.

He had numerous pupils, including Michael Wenzel Halbax [de], Santo Prunati, Johann Michael Rottmayr, Hans Adam Weissenkircher, Daniel Seiter, and Baron Peter Strudel.[1]

Popularity among Dutch artistsEdit

He attracted well-to-do artists, such as Cornelis de Bruijn and Jan van Bunnik, who made trips especially to visit his studio. Willem Drost[2] and Jan Vermeer van Utrecht were among his close friends.[3] He is buried in the church of San Luca, Venice.[4]

His works are mostly in Germany and Italy. Other museums with works by Loth include the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Gallery, London. Burghley House in England has two large paintings in the chapel.



  1. ^ a b c d Johann Carl Loth in the RKD
  2. ^ a b (in Dutch) Drost Biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  3. ^ Joan vander Meer Biography in Houbraken
  4. ^ San Luca church on website of churches of Venice
  • Dictionary of Painters and Engravers. Michael Bryan. pp. 78–79.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Johann Carl Loth at Wikimedia Commons