Artist: Pompeo Batoni (Italian, Lucca 1708–1787 Rome)
Date: ca. 1760–65
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 97 1/8 x 69 1/4 in. (246.7 x 175.9 cm)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1903
Accession Number: 03.37.1
The leading Italian painter of eighteenth-century Rome, Batoni was especially prized as a portraitist by foreigners traveling on the Grand Tour. The sitter of this picture has not been identified, but he may be French. He is shown with some of Batoni's favorite props: an ancient bas-relief of Antinous, a statue of Minerva, an armillary sphere, guidebooks to ancient and modern Rome, a volume of biographies of painters, and the second part of Homer's Odyssey. A half-length portrait of the same man by Batoni is in the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.