Studies for Jesus among the Doctors

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (French, 1780-1867)

Currently on View in H211
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Although Ingres was an artistic rebel in his youth, he became the chief representative of traditional French painting and the methods of the Neoclassical movement. Ingres practiced the system taught by France's national school of art-working from a preliminary sketch for the entire design, through studies of specific details, to the finished canvas.

This image consists of six studies for Jesus among the Doctors, which Ingres cut from preparatory works and reassembled. They show his skilled drawing, careful execution, and adept use of light and shadow to model form-all hallmarks of academic painting.

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Object Information

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (French, 1780-1867)
creation date
about 1842
oil on canvas mounted on wood
11-3/4 x 15 in.
22 x 25 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
James E. Roberts Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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