Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Grande Odalisque by Ingres

Name: Grande Odalisque
Artist's Name: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Date: 1814
Period: Neoclassicism
Material: Oil on canvas

Although Ingres was firmly planted in the Neoclassical style, some of his works made strong concessions to the influence of movements past and contemporary. Ingres' Grande Odalisque was homage to the reclining nudes of Titian and Giorgione and the woman's head and face borrow heavily from the women of Raphael's work. Her small head and elongated limbs, her languid pose and the subtle, cool color scheme hearken to the Mannerists, such as Parmigianino. By making the figure a Turkish odalisque, the artist gave a nod to the contemporary Romantic movement.

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