Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ingres, Jean Auguste Dominique

Raphael and the Fornarina
oil on canvas
26 x 21 1/2''
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachussetts, USA

La Fornarina, which means “little baker girl”, is traditionally identified with the fornarina (bakeress) Margherita Luti, Raphael's Roman mistress.

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780 – 1867) was a French Neoclassical painter.
As a man profoundly respectful of the past, he once explained that "the great masters which flourished in that century of glorious memory when Raphael set the eternal and incontestable bounds of the sublime in art ... I am thus a conservator of good doctrine, and not an innovator."
he said paint should be as smooth 'as the skin of an onion'.
As a great calligraphic genius his true successors are Degas and Picasso.