Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ingres, Jean Auguste Dominique

The Death of Leonardo Da Vinci (La mort de Leonardo da Vinci)
40 cm x 50.5 cm
Oil on canvas
Paris, Musée du Petit Palais

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780 – 1867) was a French Neoclassical painter.
Francis I of France receiving the last breath of Leonardo da Vinci, by Ingres, 1818.
Leonardo died on 2 May 1519 in Amboise. Leonardo had a paralysis on the right side of his body since 1517.
Francis patronized many of the great artists of his time, including Andrea del Sarto and Leonardo da Vinci; the latter was indeed persuaded to make France his home during his last years. While Leonardo painted very little during his years in France, he brought with him many of his greatest works, including the Mona Lisa (known in France as La Joconde), and these remained in France after his death.