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painter, court painter, draftsman, art theorist, art dealer (person)
Under the influence of Johann Joachim Winckelmann he also wrote some theoretical works, of which the most important is the Gedanken über die Schönheit und über den Geschmack in der Malerey in 1762 (Grove Art Online)
Nationality/school
German, Italian, Spanish, Czech
Born
Aussig (Nordböhmen) 1728-03-12
Deceased
Rome 1779-06-29
Family relationschips
this field records any family relationship to one or more other artist(s).
brother of the painter and teacher Theresia Concordia Mengs; married to Margarita Guazzi
See also
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  • Dresden
    early career at the Dresden court (Grove Art Online)
  • Rome 1741 - 1744
    with his father and sisters; studied antique classics and works by Michelangelo and Rapahel; in the school of Marco Benefial (Villar 2006)
  • Dresden 1744 - 1746
    in 1755 appointed court painter to elector Federico Augusto
  • Rome 1746 - 1749-12
    in 1749 married Margarita Guazzi
  • Dresden 1749-12 - 1751-09
    abandoned Dresden and moved to Rome through Venice and Florence
  • Venetië 1751
    after 1751
  • Florence 1751 - 1761
    after 1751
  • Rome 1751 - 1759
    c. 1751; in 1752 in the St Luke Academy
  • Napels 1759
    introduced to the king Charles III
  • Madrid (Spanje) 1761-09 - 1769-11
    appointed court painter to Charles III (Jordán de Urríes 2006); advised to Charles III to purchase the Sophonisba by Rembrandt (RKDimages 46913) and 29 more paintings from the collection of the Marquis of the Esenada (Madrid 1952B, p. 511, no. 2132)
  • Rome 1769 - 1774
  • Madrid (Spanje) 1774-07 - 1777-01
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Subjects
This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
Christian religious scene, history (as a genre), portrait
Entered on: 1992-02-01; Modification on: 2018-07-31

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