Anton Raphael Mengs

1728-1779 Germany/Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Anton Raphael Mengs was born in Ústí nad Labem, Assig in German. He was tutored by his father Ismael a Danish artist who eventually settled in Dresden. He brought Anton to Rome when he was thirteen where he copied works of Raphael, the paintings were sent to Dresden for the Elector of Saxony, Augustus III. Mengs became painter to the Saxon court in Dresden doing mostly portraiture. He spent considerable time in Rome and was acquainted with Johann Joachim Winckelmann the German archaeologist and art historian who helped pioneer the neoclassical movement. Neoclassicism had an influence on Mengs work and he was considered as one of the first neoclassical painters. He is however more associated with the style of Baroque. One of his contemporaries was Pompeo Girolamo Batoni a portraitist originally of the Rococo style. He worked on palaces for the Spanish court in Madrid under Charles III of Spain and undertook works for the Vatican in Rome. He also completed works in Saint Petersburg. The painting of Parnassus at Villa Albani in Rome was one of his most noted works. His copy of Raphael’s The School of Rome hangs in the Victoria and Albert Museum London. His later influences were also derived from the works of Antonio da Correggio and Titian. In 1762, he wrote the treatise Reflections on Beauty and Taste in Painting. He died in Rome in 1779.

 

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archduke ferdinand
and archduchess-

archduke ferdinand and archduchess maria anna of austria


charles III

charles III

christ in the garden
of gethsemane

christ in the garden of gethsemane

christ on
the cross

christ on the cross

clement xIII
rezzonico

clement XIII rezzonico

pope clement
thirteen

pope clement thirteen

domenico annibali
italian singer

domenico annibali italian singer

don luis infante
of spain

don luis infante of spain

engraver francesco
bartolozzi

engraver francesco bartolozzi

ferdinand IV king
of naples

ferdinand IV king of naples

helios as
personification

helios as personification of midday

hesperus as
personification

hesperus as personification of the evening

diana as
personification

diana as personification of the night

johann dietrich
heumann

johann dietrich heumann

johann joachim
winckelmann

johann joachim winckelmann

jupiter kissing
ganymede

jupiter kissing ganymede

maria amalia
of saxony

maria amalia of saxony

maria luisa of parma
princess of asturias

maria luisa of parma princess of asturias


noli me tangere

noli me tangere


parnassus

parnassus

perseus frees
andromeda

perseus frees andromeda


pleasure

pleasure


innocence

innocence


prince of asturias

prince of asturias

saint john
the baptist

saint john the baptist

saint john the baptist
in the desert

saint john the baptist in the desert

saint john the baptist
preaching

saint john the baptist preaching in the wilderness


self portrait

self portrait

the adoration of
the shepherds

the adoration of the shepherds

the flagellation of
christ

the flagellation of christ

the judgment
of paris

the judgment of paris by Anton Raphael Mengs

the triumph of
history over time

the triumph of history over time

william burton
conyngham

william burton conyngham

the dream of saint
joseph

the dream of saint joseph