Giuseppe Franchi (1731–1806) with a Bust of Homer

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In the early 1770s, Mengs painted a number of informal portraits of his friends and colleagues. The sculptor Giuseppe Franchi was well known in antiquarian circles in Rome, acquainted with Winckelmann, and a collector of plaster casts of classical antiquities. This portrait shows him with a bust of Homer, looking directly at the viewer and with his mouth open as if about to speak.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford



Giuseppe Franchi (1731–1806) with a Bust of Homer




oil on canvas


H 72.3 x W 56.4 cm

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accepted by HM Government under the Cultural Gifts Scheme and allocated to the Ashmolean Museum, 2019. Presented in memory of Robert Berg from the collection formed by Robert and Gillian Berg

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