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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 highly finished study, in which the priming of the canvas is left visible, relates to one of the heads in The Ascension, painted by Mengs for the high altar of Dresden cathedral. He began the final work around 1755 in Rome, inspired by “the divine Raphael” in his own words. It was completed in Madrid in 1766 and sent from there to Dresden.

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

Bibliography +

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. nº28.

Honisch, Dieter, Anton Raphael Mengs Und Die Bildform des Fruhklassizismus, Aurel Bongers, Recklinghausen, 1965, pp. 106.

Pignatti, T., Angelika Kauffmann Und Ihre Zeitgenossen, Vorarlberger Landes Museum, Viena, 1968.

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

Pressestimmen Zu Guido Reni Und Europa, Frankfurt, 1989.

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

Martínez Cuesta, Juan, El Infante don Gabriel de Borbón y su actividad como mecenas de pintura, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XII, 1991, pp. 39-61.

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

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Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 1060.
Mengs. / 1060. Estudio de cabeza para un apostol. /Cabello oscuro y barba cana. / Alto 2 pies, 3 pulg; ancho 1 pie, 9 pulg, 6 lin

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 1438.

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Guido Reni y Europa
01.12.1988 - 28.02.1989

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Room 022 (On Display)

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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