MENGS, Anton Raphael
(b. 1728, Aussig, d. 1779, Roma)

Portrait of the Singer Domenico Annibaldi

Oil on canvas, 125 x 95 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

The sitter of this portrait is the famous singer Domenico Annibali (1705-1779) from Macerata, in the Marches, who was summoned to the court of Dresden, as well as to London and Rome. He is depicted as if he were an important member of the court, and the magnificence of his proud pose and sumptuous clothes are in the manner of the official portraits of the European courts around the middle of the 18th century. His face appears to be lively and intelligent, and is painted in a style resembling that of the contemporary portraits by Pompeo Batoni.

The painting is signed and dated 1750.