Lecture 17 Late Neoclassicism

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Unformatted text preview: oader strokes Complex iconography Simplified iconography, more emotion Ingres: The Last Neoclassical Painter Ingres: The Last Neoclassical Painter Jean­Auguste­Dominique Ingres Also a student of David, took Girodet’s place in his studio Soon broke with David on matters of style: adopted what he believed to be a truer and purer Greek style Employed linear forms approximating Greek vase painting, and often placing main figures in the foreground, emulating Greek low relief sculpture Came to epitomize the conservative and academic tradition in 19th century French art Public opponent to champion of Romantic art, Delacroix (leading painter of Romanticism­Lecture 19), but later career shows his transition to Romantic subjects Case special, because Ingres lived into the second half of the 19th century (long life and career, painted into his eighties) Ingres: The Last Neoclassical Painter Ingres: The Last Neoclassical Painter Jean­Auguste­Dominique Ingres, Napoleon on the Imperial Throne, 1806, oil o/canvas By that time, he had brought much of continental Europe under French control. Ingres’ challenge in creating his portrait was to find a way of asserting Napoleon’s imperial legitimacy while also making it palatable to the same French citizens who had beheaded the king and overthrown the monarchy less than a decade earlier. Ingres’ solution was to reject the prototypical Absolutist portrait of arrogant privilege associated with France’s recent past and to look, instead, for models in ancient and medieval history. Napoleon’s pose draws on imperial Roman imagery, Jan van Eyck’s portrait of God the Father in the Ghent Altarpiece, and various iconic representations of rulers from the Byzantine and Carolingian empires Portrait not commissioned by Napoleon, Ingres: The Last Neoclassical Painter Ingres: The Last Neoclassical Paint Depicted on his Imperial throne, clad in ermine and velvet coronation robes, his body disappears underneath On his head, he wears a g...
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