Emperor Joseph II with Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo of Tuscany

1769, Artist: Pompeo Batoni



Emperor Joseph II with Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo of Tuscany

In 1769, Joseph II (1741–1790), the eldest son of Maria Theresa and, after 1765, Holy Roman Emperor, travelled to Italy, visiting Rome with his younger brother Pietro Leopoldo (1747– 1792, emperor as Leopold II from 1790). Like many other young foreign aristocrats on the “Grand Tour”, the obligatory educational tour of Italy, the two of them had their portrait painted by Pompeo Batoni, the leading Roman painter of the time. His classicistic, simple approach to portraiture, abandoning any external grandeur, was in keeping with the progressive ideas of the two enlightened princes. Inv.-Nr. GG 1628

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal VII

Object data

Object Name



Italian, Roman




Pompeo Batoni (1708 Lucca - 1797 Rom) - GND




173 cm x 122,5 cm
Framed: 282,5 cm x 163,5 cm x 12 cm bzw.


Inscribed under the table top on the right: POMP. BATONI. LVCENSIS. ROMAE. AN. 1769. DVM PRAESENTES ESSENT. PING.

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 1628


1824 in the gallery

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