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Study for the figure of Fame in sketch for 'The 'Apotheosis of 
Napoleon I' (Louvre, Paris)
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Study for the figure of Fame in sketch for 'The 'Apotheosis of Napoleon I' (Louvre, Paris)

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780 - 1867)

Graphite on paper

Height: 23.7 cm; Width: 16.1 cm;

NB the original painting was destroyed during the fire of the Hotel de Ville in Paris in 1871 - the work in the Louvre is a painted sketch of the composition.

Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
This drawing is a study for the figure of Fame in the Apotheosis of Napoleon I, which was destroyed in a fire during the fourth French Revolution in 1871. Here the artist studies primarily the depiction of the chiton (or tunic) falling on the body, as suggested by the incisive modelling and the skilful rendering of the fabric’s weight and folds. The measured and classical forms give a sense of Ingres’s fascination for antiquity. The uncontested master of the ‘line’, Ingres famously said that ‘drawing is the probity of art.’ (Permanent collection label)

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