Happy birthday to French artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, who was born in 1780. This painting is a small-scale replica of his monumental altarpiece that depicts Saint Symphorien’s martyrdom.

The Martyrdom of Saint Symphorien,” 1865, by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

The Virgin with the Crown (1859). Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (French, 1780-1867). Oil on panel. 

The Virgin with the Crown is a more iconic, Byzantine influenced tableau, seen here in the Virgin’s bejeweled crown and symmetrical positioning, as well as by the black background from which she hauntingly emanates. The eyes gaze directly into the viewers’, establishing a more immediate and empathetic connection. The expert fashioning of her hands, with their elongated line and archaic feel, endow the Madonna with a timeless grace.

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