This exhibition marked the tercentenary of the painter’s birth. It was the first comprehensive presentation of Batoni’s paintings in 40 years.
It provided a vivid appreciation of the artistic achievement of ‘Italy’s Last Old Master,’ through the finest examples available in the public and private collections of Europe and America.
Batoni recorded international travellers' visits to Italy on the Grand Tour in portraits that remain among the most memorable artistic accomplishments of the period.
Batoni’s status as Rome’s most sought-after painter for both portraits and history paintings was demonstrated by works never previously publicly exhibited, as well as newly discovered and recently restored works.
Supported by the Corporate Members of the National Gallery
Image above: Detail from Pompeo Batoni (1708-87), 'The Death of Meleager', 1740-43. Private collection. © Photo Courtesy Galleria Carlo Orsi, Milan.