Arts Everyday Living: the Art of Portraiture—A Lady of the Second Empire

Jean-Auguste-Dominique-Ingres, Madame Moitessier, 1856, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, London, UK

French artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) was the dominant figure of the Neoclassical period of art in the 19th century. His portrait of Madame Moitessier (whom he painted twice) has an almost photographic realism. What do you think of her profile?

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