Self portrait in a red cloak, Anton Rafael Mengs – overview

Self portrait in a red cloak, Anton Rafael Mengs – overview
Self portrait in a red cloak, Anton Rafael Mengs - overview - 1

  • Posted by Anton Rafael Mengs
  • Museum: Dresden Art Gallery
  • Year: 1744

Overview of the painting :

A self portrait in a red cloak – Anton Rafael Mengs. Paper, pastel. 55×42

   Anton Rafael Mengs is a painter of the classicism era. During his life, Mengs wrote self-portraits several times. Presented here is one of the earliest.

   At this self-portrait, the artist captured himself at the age of 16. Researchers note in it the Italian influence, in particular, of the Venetian school of painting. This is natural, given that for the period 1741-1744 the first visit of a young master to Italy is necessary, with which he will subsequently be closely connected, and then buried in the Roman church of Santi Mikele e Magno.

   The work demonstrates a confident, if not self-confident, young man. In the Dresden Gallery, another, also pastel, Mengs self-portrait is stored, which is not yet 12 years old, but it already feels the boy’s purposeful nature. These works are not accidental in the museum: when the young artist returned to Dresden from his first trip to Italy, the Elector of Saxon August III, who did a lot to form the Dresden Gallery, awarded him the title of court painter.