The San Diego Museum of Art acquires Anton Raphael Mengs portrait


SAN DIEGO, CA.- The San Diego Museum of Art announces its newest addition to the permanent collection. An eighteenth-century painting by Anton Raphael Mengs, a portrait of Don Luis de Borbón, is now displayed among the Museum’s world-renowned collection of Spanish art. “Although Spanish art is one of the Museum’s strengths, the collection has not had a Spanish painting made between the 1650s—the date of our late Zurbarán and early Murillo—and 1795, the date of our great portrait by Goya. This portrait by Mengs, the leading artist in Spain in the 1760s and 70s, begins to fill that gap. More importantly, the Don Luis de Borbón will hang proudly alongside our works by Goya and Pompeo Batoni, giving us a spectacular display of European portraiture from the later eighteenth century” says John Marciari, Curator of European Art at The San Diego Museum of Art. Mengs (1728-1779) was famous throughout Euro