Hermitage Amsterdam: Classic Beauties or the Curly Century
All over mid-eighteenth century Europe many ondertook the Grand Tour: a pilgrimage to Italy, and particular Rome. Among them were Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Claude-Joseph Vernet and Angelica Kaufmann. Arriving in the Eternal City, they encountered renowned artists like the famous Antonio Canova.
An overview in pictures of Classic Beauties.
Benedetta Batoni (attributed) Cleopatra before Octavian
Benedetta, daughter of Pompeo Batoni, is well-known for her miniature copies of her father’s paintings.
Selfportrait of the painter and singer Angelika Kauffmann.
Kauffmann first arrived in Rome in 1763, where she was soon on close terms with the most prominent artists. In 1781 she returned to Rome, moving into the house of the late Anton Raphael Mengs. It would become a magnet for artists, including Goethe, a frequent guest. She co-founded the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
Works by Kauffmann
After her death, the house remained a meeting place for well-known artists and writers, including the romantic poets Shelley, Byron and Keats.
Johann Friedrich August Tischbein
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