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Head of an Apostle
Mengs, Anton Raphael
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Mengs, Anton Raphael

Aussig (Czech Republic), 1728 - Rome (Italy), 1779

Mengs, Anton Raphael See author's file

Head of an Apostle

Ca. 1764. Oil on canvas.
Room 022

This vigorously modelled study, in which the priming of the canvas is left visible, relates to Mengs’s great canvas of The Ascension. Painted for the high altar of Dresden cathedral, it survived the devastation of the city in the 1945 bombings. It reflects Mengs’s profound knowledge of Italian Renaissance and Baroque painting, particularly the work of Guido Reni.

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Mengs, Anton Raphael
Head of an Apostle
Ca. 1764
Height: 63 cm; Width: 50 cm
Royal Collection

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Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Antonio Rafael Mengs (1728-1779): noticia de su vida y de sus obras con el catálogo de la exposición celebrada en mayo de 1929, Madrid, 1929, pp. nº29.

Pignatti, T., Angelika Kauffmann Und Ihre Zeitgenossen, Voralberger Landesmuseum, Viena, 1969.

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 418.

Pressestimmen Zu Guido Reni Und Europa, Frankfurt, 1989, pp. 632.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

Roettgen, Steffi, Anton Raphael Mengs, 1728-1779, I, Hirmer Verlag, Munich, 1999, pp. 120.

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Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 1061.
Mengs. / 1061. Otro Idem. / Cabello oscuro y barba cana. / Alto 2 Pies, 3 pulg; Ancho 1 pie, 9 pulg, 6 Lin.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 1439.

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Room 022 (On Display)

Update date: 08-06-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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