OT: Ingres

Since last 24 of November at Museo Nacional del Prado you can visit the exhibition Ingres, the first exhibition devoted to the French painter in Spain.

For further details visit the Museo Nacional del Prado web site here.

Dates: 24 November 2015 – 27 March 2016

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm. Sunday and holidays from 10am to 7pm.

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (August 29, 1780 – January 14, 1867) was a French Neoclassical painter. Although he considered himself a painter of history in the tradition of Nicolas Poussin and Jacques-Louis David, by the end of his life it was Ingres’ portraits, both painted and drawn, that were recognized as his greatest legacy. A man profoundly respectful of the past, he assumed the role of a guardian of academic orthodoxy against the ascendant Romantic style represented by his nemesis Eugene Delacroix. His exemplars, he once explained, were “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.” Nevertheless, modern opinion has tended to regard Ingres and the other Neoclassicists of his era as embodying the Romantic spirit of his time, while his expressive distortions of form and space make him an important precursor of modern art. (Source: www.jeanaugustedominiqueingres.org).

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