Often referred to as Italy’s last Old Master, artist Pompeo Batoni made his name creating portraits for 18th-century Britain’s aristocracy. These commissions shared certain trademarks, such as backgrounds of ancient ruins and historical works of art, all done to commemorate the Grand Tour. Now, 300 years later, Batoni is being feted in his Tuscan hometown of Lucca with a show of nearly 100 works at the Palazzo Ducale museum. The exhibit features such figures as Joseph II, Richard Milles and Sir Charles Watson, as well as images of the Holy Family and the Visitation. The six chronological sections are set with furniture and antiques to match each era of the Tuscan-born painter’s works.
“Pompeo Batoni 1708–1787: European Nobility and the Grand Tour”
December 6–March 29