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The Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. XVIII century
Mengs, Anton Raphael (Attributed To)
The Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. XVIII century
Mengs, Anton Raphael (Attributed To)

In keeping with the traditional iconography of the Immaculate Virgin, Mary appears over the Earth’s globe and the crescent moon, stepping on the head of evil serpent and backlit by a shining circle. S [+]

The Youthful Saint John the Baptist in the Desert
Oil on panel. 1753 - 1754
Mengs, Anton Raphael
The Youthful Saint John the Baptist in the Desert
Oil on panel. 1753 - 1754
Mengs, Anton Raphael

Painted with remarkable delicacy, probably from life, in this panel Mengs captures the artless fascination with which the saint presents to the world the message of the Redeemer’s arrival, inscribed o [+]

Maria Amalia of Saxony
Oil on unlined canvas. Ca. 1761
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Maria Amalia of Saxony
Oil on unlined canvas. Ca. 1761
Mengs, Anton Raphael

A frontal view of the Queen. She sits, wearing a red silk dress with white sleeves and bonnet. Her right arm rests very naturally on a table, while her left holds a book. She is marking one of the pag [+]

Father Francesco Pepe
Oil on canvas. 1758 - 1759
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Father Francesco Pepe
Oil on canvas. 1758 - 1759
Mengs, Anton Raphael

Francesco Pepe (c. 1684-1759), an influential Jesuit preacher in Naples, promoted the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and acted as intermediary between Pope Benedict XIV and the Bourbon monarch Cha [+]

Head of an Apostle
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1764
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Head of an Apostle
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1764
Mengs, Anton Raphael

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 fin [+]

Head of an Apostle
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1764
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Head of an Apostle
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1764
Mengs, Anton Raphael

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 d [+]

Ferdinand IV, King of Naples
Oil on canvas. 1760
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Ferdinand IV, King of Naples
Oil on canvas. 1760
Mengs, Anton Raphael

Ferdinand IV (1751-1825) was the third son of Charles VII of Naples and his wife, Maria Amalia of Saxony. When his father acceded to the Spanish throne as Charles III in 1759, he became king of Naples [+]

The Prince of Asturias, the future Charles IV
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Mengs, Anton Raphael
The Prince of Asturias, the future Charles IV
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Mengs, Anton Raphael

This portrait of Charles IV as the Prince of Asturias has as its pendant a portrait of his wife, María Luisa of Parma, also in the Museo del Prado (P2189). Anton Raphael Mengs had come to Spain [+]

María Luisa of Parma, Princess of Asturias
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Mengs, Anton Raphael
María Luisa of Parma, Princess of Asturias
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Mengs, Anton Raphael

Mengs painted these portraits of the heirs to the Spanish throne -the prince and princess of Asturias, Carlos de Borbón and Maria Luisa of Parma- on the occasion of their wedding. As the daught [+]

Charles III
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Charles III
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Mengs, Anton Raphael

This image of King Charles III was paired with a portrait of his wife, Maria Amalia of Saxony (P2201), although the image of the queen was not painted in her presence. Instead, it was invented on the [+]

Penitent Magdalene
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Penitent Magdalene
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Mengs, Anton Raphael

Mary Magdalene, recognisable by her beauty, semi-nudity and the skull -a symbol of meditation on death- prays before a cross made from a branch. Based on a celebrated seventeenth-century Bolognese pai [+]

Portrait of King Charles IV as Prince of Asturias
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Mengs, Anton Raphael (Replica)
Portrait of King Charles IV as Prince of Asturias
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Mengs, Anton Raphael (Replica)

Mengs had a profound influence on the younger generation of Spanish painters, notably on the Bayeus, Maella, Inza, Goya and Vicente López Portaña. His Neoclassical style was diametricall [+]

Portrait of Queen María Luisa as Princess of Asturias
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Mengs, Anton Raphael (Replica)
Portrait of Queen María Luisa as Princess of Asturias
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Mengs, Anton Raphael (Replica)

Mengs had a profound influence on the younger generation of Spanish painters, notably on the Bayeus, Maella, Inza, Goya and Vicente López Portaña. His Neoclassical style was diametricall [+]

Self-portrait
Oil on panel. 1761 - 1769
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Self-portrait
Oil on panel. 1761 - 1769
Mengs, Anton Raphael

Presented almost half-length with his face turned to the viewer, Mengs wears a velvet gown and holds the tools of his trade. The panel was painted shortly after the artist’s arrival in Spain and uses [+]

Maria Josepha, Archduchess of Austria
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1767
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Maria Josepha, Archduchess of Austria
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1767
Mengs, Anton Raphael

Maria Josefa (1751-1767) was the daughter of the Emperor Francis I and his wife Maria Teresa. She was first betrothed to Ferdinand IV of Naples but she died young and was consequently replaced in this [+]

Maria Carolina of Habsburg-Lorraine, Queen of Naples
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1768
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Maria Carolina of Habsburg-Lorraine, Queen of Naples
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1768
Mengs, Anton Raphael

Daughter of the Empress María Teresa Habsburg and the Emperor Francisco I of Lorena, María Carolina Habsburg-Lorena (Vienna, 1752-1814) married Ferdinand IV of Naples in 1768, and bore s [+]

Maria Luisa of Parma
Oil on canvas. 1765 - 1769
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Maria Luisa of Parma
Oil on canvas. 1765 - 1769
Mengs, Anton Raphael

El cuadro muestra a la futura reina de España, hija de Felipe de Borbón (1720-1765) y de Luisa Isabel de Francia, duques de Parma. Nació en la capital del ducado el 9 de diciembre de 1751; contrajo ma [+]

Antonio Pascual of Bourbon and Saxony, Infante of Spain
Oil on canvas. 1767
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Antonio Pascual of Bourbon and Saxony, Infante of Spain
Oil on canvas. 1767
Mengs, Anton Raphael

Mengs depicted the Infante Antonio (1755-1817), son of Charles III and Maria Amalia of Saxony, in the Palace of San Ildefonso, Segovia. The artist made use of the type of elegant, natural portrait tha [+]

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