Portrait of a Young Man

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)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1903

Accession Number: 03.37.1


The Roman portraitist Batoni was especially prized by foreigners traveling on the Grand Tour. The sitter of this picture may be French, judging by his costume. He is shown with some of the artist's favorite props: a bas-relief of Antinous, a statue of Minerva, an armillary sphere, guidebooks to ancient and modern Rome, a volume of biographies of painters, and part II of Homer's Odyssey.