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
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.
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
1824 in the gallery
Kaiser Joseph II. Sohn des Franz I. Stephan von Habsburg Österreich (1741 Wien - 1790) - GND
Kaiser Leopold II. Sohn des Franz I. Stephan Habsburg Österreich (1747 - 1792) - GND
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