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Pompeo Batoni (Italian, Lucca 1708–1787 Rome)
Date: 1761Accession Number: 1982.438
Anton Raphael Mengs (German, Ústi nad Labem (Aussig) 1728–1779 Rome)
Date: ca. 1777Accession Number: 48.141
Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian, Piacenza 1691–1765 Rome)
Date: 1757Accession Number: 52.63.1
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In Rome, artists catered to Englishmen and others making the Grand Tour with spectacular portraits (the most beautiful examples are by Pompeo Batoni), mythologies, and view paintings. Visitors could also return with their memories of ancient and modern Rome captured in canvases such as the pair in this gallery by Giovanni Paolo Panini. It was an era of archaeological discoveries and of renewed interest in the ancient world. Pierre Hubert Subleyras, Corrado Giaquinto, and Francesco Trevisani decorated the city's churches with altarpieces and its palaces with religious paintings. In Naples, by contrast, Gaspare Traversi depicted genre scenes with comic undercurrents.
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