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    Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)

    Ismael Mengs(Portrait of the Artist's Father) , 18th century
    Pastel on paper laid down on panel
    36x 30 inches (90.2 x 76.2 cm) (framed)
    23 x 18 inches (unframed)





    Anton Raphael Mengs was born to parents of German ancestry in Bohemia in 1728. His father, Ismael Mengs was an accomplished artist and started tutoring his son at an early age. Raphael would rise to the pinnacle of European portraiture art, becoming not only the leading German artist of the 18th Century, but also enjoying an international reputation as an artist to royalty. From the king of Poland, the Pope in Rome to being the artist to Charles III of Spain, Mengs' work included decorating the Royal Palace in Madrid.

    But it was at his father's side that he first experienced the love of art. In Ismael Mengs, Anton Raphael Mengs honors his father and tutor from whom he received his earliest training even before traveling to Rome to study the art of the great Italian Renaissance artists. This is one of his finest works, understandable that he would work his most marvelous palette in the depiction of his father for posterity. Mengs applied a delicate brush in the portrayal of his father's face, a signature aspect of his work for which he was so well-known and sought-after by Europe's royalty. His works are still in the possession of royals and museums alike, from the halls of Oxford University to Saint Petersburg and the Louvre, his art and his talent owe much to the man he chose as his subject in this picture.

    The portrait is in a heavy, period and ornate, highly carved wooden gilt frame done in a floral design with rosettes at each corner with the picture surrounded by a blue-painted border within the frame which is covered by glass. A small brass plaque at the front reads 'Portrait of Ismael Mengs, The Artist's Father (1688-1764) by Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)'. At the top of the frame is a small brass plaque with the words 'Lent Anonymously' inscribed.

    Provenance: C.D.Molesworth, The Orangery, Moore Park, Hertfordshire
    William Thuillier,Old Master Paintings & Drawings, London

    ERRATUM
    This lot was catalogued as "Attributed to Anton Raphael Mengs" in the printed catalogue. It has since been upgraded to "Anton Raphael Mengs", meaning in our opinion, the work is by the artist.


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    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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