Portrait of Iness Muatier - Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. 120x92.1
Jean-Auguste Ingres became famous as a portrait painter, although he himself considered portrait a lower genre in comparison with historical painting. From 1806-1824 he lived in Italy and studied the ancient art and works of Renaissance artists.
When the banker Sigisbert Muatesieu ordered Engra a portrait of his wife, Mary Clotilde Iness, he refused to work, but later, seeing a young woman, was subjugated by her and took up the picture. It can be assumed that Muatissier seemed to him an embodiment of classical beauty. However, the work was not finished immediately: the master completed the portrait after seven years.
Apparently, creating this canvas, Ingres was inspired by the Renaissance patterns: the pose of the model is very close to the position of the goddess on the Roman fresco in Herculaneum. According to the initial plan, the author wanted to capture the daughter of Iness, Katerina, but by the time the portrait was completed, she had matured, and Ingres had abandoned the inevitable anachronism.
Before this was completed, Ingres created another portrait of Iness (1861, National Gallery of Art, Washington). On it, she is depicted in height and is also presented as an ideal of ancient beauty (but the model is replenished).