Ingres, the artist and his princes

from 03/06/2023 to 01/10/2023
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French title: “Ingres, l’artiste et ses princes”

In a rare partnership with the Musée Ingres-Bourdelle in Montauban, the Château de Chantilly is staging an exhibition focusing on the relationship between the renowned painter Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres – who lived through both Empires – and his patrons or sponsors of the masterpieces we know him for.

On :
– some of his masterpieces: Woman bathing known as the Valpinçon Bather (1808); Jupiter and Thetis (1811); Ossian’s Dream (1813); The Turkish Bath (1862) and, of course, Napoleon I on the Imperial Throne (1808) and a sketch for the Apotheosis of Napoleon I (1853 – the finished painting was destroyed when the Paris Hôtel de Ville (town hall) burnt down during the Commune in 1871).

Ingres, the artist and his princes
© Château de Chantilly 2023

Presentation by the château
A successful artist in the first half of the 19th century, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) was an unclassifiable and often visionary painter. Behind his apparent classicism lies an originality and a quest for perfection that continue to fascinate.

How did this success come about? With the advent of the July Monarchy (1830-1848), Ingres found strong support in the Orléans family, enabling him to produce some of his greatest masterpieces. It is these close ties that will form the heart of Chantilly’s major exhibition: how the prince of artists became the artist of princes.

From national and international collections, paintings and drawings commissioned or collected by the Princes of Orléans will be brought together at Chantilly, alongside their studies and variants. They will provide an insight into the perfectionist and methodical work of one of France’s greatest painters.

New analyses of some of the artist’s most important masterpieces, as well as previously unpublished or rediscovered works, will shed new light on the unique personality of one of the great figures in the history of art.

Discover the e-catalogue of digitised works (free), the guided tours on offer and practical information.

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