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Pompeo Batoni was born in 1708, the son of a goldsmith of Lucca and one of the most ostentatiously wealthy and successful painters of the 19th century Roman school. He carried out monumental church commissions and painted religious and mythological canvases, many for eminent foreign patrons.
One of his teachers was the Master Sebastiano Conca. He won his greatest reknown for smoothly executed portraits of popes, monarchs and British gentry and nobility. He w (showing 500 of 1852 characters).