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The Archduke Francis of Austria
Oil on canvas. 1770
Mengs, Anton Raphael
The Archduke Francis of Austria
Oil on canvas. 1770
Mengs, Anton Raphael

Francis of Austria (1768-1835) was the son of Leopold and Maria Luisa, Grand Duke and Duchess of Tuscany, and the grandson of Charles III of Spain. He was the last Holy Roman Emperor, becoming the fir [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

Maria Luisa of Spain, Grand Duchess of Tuscany
Oil on canvas. 1770
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Maria Luisa of Spain, Grand Duchess of Tuscany
Oil on canvas. 1770
Mengs, Anton Raphael

Daughter of Charles III of Spain and Maria Amalia of Saxony, the sitter was born in Naples in 1745. In 1765 she married Leopold of Austria, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and bore sixteen children, including [+]

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 [+]

Leopoldo de Lorena, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Oil on canvas. 1770
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Leopoldo de Lorena, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Oil on canvas. 1770
Mengs, Anton Raphael

Second son of the Empress Maria Teresa and of Francis I, the sitter was born in 1747. He succeeded his brother Joseph II, who died without heir in 1790, as emperor of Germany and died in 1792. Brother [+]

Anna Escher von Muralt
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1800
Kauffmann, Angelica
Anna Escher von Muralt
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1800
Kauffmann, Angelica

La retratada, cuyo nombre de soltera fue Anna von Muralt (1781-1861), perteneció a una prestigiosa familia de la Suiza alemana. Se casó en 1806 con el caballero Hans Caspar Escher (1775-1759), industr [+]

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

Francisco Javier (1757-1771), youngest son of Charles III and Maria Amalia of Saxony, was painted by Mengs in the Palace of San Ildefonso, Segovia, as were his brothers, Antonio and Gabriel. The pose [+]

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 [+]

Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria
Oil on canvas. 1771
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria
Oil on canvas. 1771
Mengs, Anton Raphael

In portraits of female subjects, Anton Rafael Mengs displays a warm and gentle quality, more Rococo in tone than the slightly academic coldness marking his historical and mythological compositions. Th [+]

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 [+]

Abdication of Charles III
Oil on canvas. 1759
Joli, Antonio
Abdication of Charles III
Oil on canvas. 1759
Joli, Antonio

On August 10, 1759, Ferdinand VI died without a descendant. As a result, his stepbrother Charles, then King of Naples and Sicily, inherited the Spanish throne. The first of seven children of Philip V [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

Charles VII of Naples, the Future Charles III of Spain
Italian marble. Ca. 1744
Anonymous
Charles VII of Naples, the Future Charles III of Spain
Italian marble. Ca. 1744
Anonymous

A medallion portraying the young Charles of Bourbon (1716-1788), recently proclaimed King of Naples and Sicily, who would become King Charles III of Spain in 1759. Shown in profile with a large wig an [+]

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