Born 1728; died 1799. This accomplished painter was a native of Saxony, but went to Rome for study while yet a boy, where he copied the works of Raphael under a severity of discipline enforced by his father, who, for the least fault in his works, inflicted corporeal punishment or reduced his food. Being thus compelled to study perfection, and endowed with a genius to appreciate it and perceive it, he acquired a consummate taste in art; he was the author of many profound and valuable essays on the fine arts, which have materially contributed to improve the taste of the present age, and became painter to the court of Dresden; every fresh work gave proof of his progress in the art. He went afterward to Madrid, from which place the two pictures before us were brought. Truth was his great aim, and he diligently studied the works of the first luminaries of the art, analyzed their colours, and examined them in detail, till he entered fully into the spirit and design of those great models. The two before us are studies from the celebrated altar pieces of Barrocchio; but in the hands of Mengs every thing becomes original. They are admirable for sweetness and breadth of colouring. [P. 26; see entry 04300032 for companion piece.]
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