Happy Birthday Pompeo Batoni!! Italian painter Batoni was born in 1708.Influenced by Raphael, his handling was detailed. He was known for his dramatic portraits in historical settings. His primary clientele being wealthy tourists who wanted their likeness painted in Rome. The painting included here today is of General William Gordon in full Scottish garb, at the Colosseum. Later Batoni won commissions for altarpieces, as well as mythological and historical paintings.