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Study of a Girl’s Head
Mengs, Anna María Teresa (Attributed to)
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Mengs, Anna María Teresa (Attributed to)

Dresden, 1751 - Madrid, 1792

Mengs, Anna María Teresa See author's file

Study of a Girl’s Head

Ca. 1790. Black chalk, Red chalk on laid paper. Not on display

The inscription, which was probably written by the drawing’s first owner, Valentín Carderera, reads: "Portrait of the Carmona family by D. Ana M. Mengs". This is the most convincing attribution, although other drawings in a similar technique are known by Anna’s husband, the engraver Manuel Salvador Carmona. The young girl could be one of the couple’s children. The daughter of the Neo-classical painter Anton Raphael Mengs, Anna Maria achieved great renown for her miniatures and pastel drawings. In 1790 she was made an academician of honour at the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid.

Technical data

Inventory number
Mengs, Anna María Teresa (Attributed to)
Study of a Girl’s Head
Ca. 1790
Black chalk; Red chalk
Laid paper
Height: 297 mm.; Width: 197 mm.
Valentín Carderera; Galería José de la Mano, acquisition 2019

Bibliography +

Carderera y Solano, V., El Arte en España: revista quincenal de las artes del dibujo, I, Imp. de M. Galiano,, Madrid, 1862, pp. 58-68 y 85-93.

Matilla, J.M, 'Manuel Salvador Carmona o Ana Maria Mengs. Estudio de cabeza de una muchacha' En: Museo Nacional del Prado. Memoria de actividades 2019, Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte,, 2020, pp. 56-57.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2986.

Inscriptions +

retrato de la familia de Carmona hecho por / D. Ana M. Mengs -- 24
Inscribed in pencil. Front, lower area

11 -- 14 // Amsterdam (?)
Inscribed in pencil. Back


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Update date: 11-05-2021 | Registry created on 09-01-2020

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