Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of a Romantic–Elvis Presley of Yesterday?

 

 

 

 

 

And thus the heart will break, yet brokenly live on.

Lord George Bryon, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto III

 

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Paul Lemoyne, c. 1810-1811, oil on canvas, Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri

Does this portrayal of French sculptor Jean Lemoyne by his countryman Ingres (1780-1867) remind you of a nineteenth century version of Elvis Presley? Lemoyne may not be as renowned today as Ingres, who is considered one of the greatest portraitists in history, but his strikingly handsome looks are timeless.

The epic poems of George Gordon Byron or Lord Byron (1788-1824), such as Don Juan and Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, epitomize the passion and idealism of the Romantic period of art.

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