Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)
Artist associated with 10 portraits
Anton Raphael Mengs was an eminent German painter, active in Rome, Madrid and Saxony, who became one of the precursors to neo-classical painting. He received his earliest training in Dresden from his father, Ismael Mengs, a Danish painter. In 1741 Mengs accompanied his father to Rome, where his fresco painting of Parnassus at Villa Albani gained him a reputation as a master painter. In 1749 he was appointed painter to Frederick Augustus, Elector of Saxony, but continued to spend much of his time in Rome. Mengs earned a considerable reputation as a portraitist, painting many of the leading visitors to Rome. On two occasions he travelled to Spain to paint members of the family of the king, Charles III.
attributed to Anton Raphael Mengs
oil on canvas, 1740s
On display at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, in the exhibition 'Imagining Power: The Jacobites'