Classic Beauties: Artists, Italy and the Aesthetic Ideals of the 18th Century

On 15 June 2018, the exhibition “Classic Beauties: Artists, Italy and the Aesthetic Ideals of the 18th Century” opened at the Hermitage–Amsterdam exhibition centre. The display, which tells about the formation of the Neo-Classical style, the fates of its artists and their clients, comprises more than 50 works of painting and sculpture that are the pride of the State Hermitage’s collection. They include the creations of Antonio Canova and Jean-Antoine Houdon, Anton Raphael Mengs, Pompeo Batoni and Angelica Kauffman, Hubert Robert and Jakob Philipp Hackert.