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Mengs, Anton Raphael, 1728-1779.
e Artist : painter
August III, King of Poland (Friedrich August II of Saxony).
b 55.5x42 cm.
Pastels on paper.
Mengs was widely regarded in his day as Europe's greatest living painter. He eschewed the dramatic illusionism and dynamism of the Baroque style in his figural compositions, preferring instead to blend quotations from ancient sculptures with stylistic elements of Raphael, Correggio, and Titian. The results are generally cold, insipid, and contrived, however, and Mengs's reputation has declined precipitously since the 18th century. Some of his portraits display a freedom and sureness of touch entirely lacking in his more ambitious works. Mengs's treatise Reflections on Beauty and Taste in Painting (1762) was also influential in his day. He worked for the Saxon court of Elector Augustus III.
Style: German Neoclassical.
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Alte Meister (Old Masters). ID=GDAM
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)