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  • Self-Portrait

    Artist:
    Mengs, Anton Raphael. 1728-1779
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    102x77 cm

Mengs, Anton Raphael. 1728-1779

Self-Portrait

Germany, Circa 1775

Winner of numerous honours, member of many European academies and head of both the Roman Academy of St Luke and the Madrid San Fernando Academy, in his self-portrait Anton Raphael Mengs avoids any sense of officialdom and status, seeking above all to show the creative individual. He depicts himself with the attributes of an artist - the folder of drawings, the brush and the careless bohemian attire. The spread hand, shown in complicated foreshortening, seems to be turned towards an unseen interlocutor, with whom the artist is in dialogue. This self-portrait reveals Mengs to be an excellent portraitist and reminds us that the artist was the leader of the Neoclassicists in Rome, the theoretician of the new style and author of works on aesthetics. The painting repeats a self-portrait which Mengs painted in 1774 for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

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Self-Portrait

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oil

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102x77 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage from the Catherine the Great collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1330

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