Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)

August III, King of Poland (Friedrich August II of Saxony)

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Abstract

Mengs was widely regarded in his day as Europe's greatest living painter. He eschewed the dramatic illusionism and dynamism of the Baroque style in his figural compositions, preferring instead to blend quotations from ancient sculptures with stylistic elements of Raphael, Correggio, and Titian. The results are generally cold, insipid, and contrived, however, and Mengs's reputation has declined precipitously since the 18th century. Some of his portraits display a freedom and sureness of touch entirely lacking in his more ambitious works. Mengs's treatise Reflections on Beauty and Taste in Painting (1762) was also influential in his day. He worked for the Saxon court of Elector Augustus III.

Keywords

Dresden, Germany, Dresden, Germany, Style: German Neoclassical, School: Neoclassical, Movement: Neoclassicism, German, Painting;, Painting

Subject: topical

Style: German Neoclassical; School: Neoclassical; Movement: Neoclassicism; German; Painting;

Subject: geographic

Dresden, Germany; Dresden, Germany

Time Period

1744

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Genre

Painting; picture

Holding Location

University of South Florida USF

Collection

Art and Art History (Saskia)

Identifier

A01-MGF0215

August III, King of Poland (Friedrich August II of Saxony)

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