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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1975,0301.49

  • Description

    Study for the figure of Pindar in the painting 'Apotheosis of Homer' (Musée du Louvre, Paris, 417); whole-length nude male, standing turned to left, with several outlines for his hands extending to left Graphite and black chalk, squared for transfer

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1826-1827 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 477 millimetres
    • Width: 198 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed and inscribed with numerals
  • Curator's comments

    This and 1975,0301.50, both from Degas' collection, are two studies for the figure of the Greek poet Pindar holding a lyre on the right-hand side of Ingres' celebrated history painting, 'The Apotheosis of Homer', of 1827 in the Louvre, Paris, D. Wildenstein, 'The Paintings of J.A.D. Ingres', London, 1954, no. 168, pl. 71. This was commissioned in 1826 by the Comte de Forbin, Director-General of Museums, as a ceiling painting for the new created museum within the Louvre of Egyptian and Etruscan antiquities (the Musée Charles X). Ingres painting was completed by the following year, 1827.

    The present one is the earlier of the two, drawn from a posed model, with alternative ideas for the position of the poet's hands supporting the lyre. In the final work the instrument is much bigger, a change in scale perhaps inspired by his study of Greek vase paintings recorded in a tracing , now in the Musée Ingres, Montauban (G. Vigne no. 1402) showing a figure resting a large lyre on his knee. The second BM study concentrates on the poet's drapery, the artist originally showing the figure's left-arm bare and then in a second study adding a cascade of folds falling from the shoulder. In the painting these two studies are combined.

    1949,0411.73 is a study for the 'Victory' in the same painting.

    Ingres' painting was hugely admired by the painter Degas and he owned fifteen preparatory drawings and six oil studies for the work including one of the head of Pindar now in the National Gallery, London, see A. Dumas et al., exhib. cat., New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 'The Private Collection of Edgar Degas', 1997, pp. 29-33.

    Lit.: G. Tinterow and P. Conisbee (eds), exhib. cat., London, National Gallery and New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 'Portraits by Ingres, Image of an Epoch', 1999, p. 33, fig. 33; I. Seligman, 'Lines of Thought', London, 2016, no. 66, p.111.

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  • Location

    Not on display (French Imp XIXc)

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited 1996 May-Aug, London, NG, Degas as Collector, no.30 1997/8 Sep-Jan, New York, Met.Mus.Art, Private Coll. of Degas
    2016 3 Sep - 6 Nov, Poole Museum, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 66
    2017 1 Jan - 25 Feb, The Brynmor Jones Library Art Gallery, University of Hull, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 66
    2017 12 Mar - 5 May, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 66
    2017 May - Sep, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 66
    2017-2018 Oct - Jan, RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 66

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1975

  • Acquisition notes

    Bear's Ingres' studio stamp (L.1477). Provenance as cited in 'National Gallery Millbank Catalogue, Modern Foreign School, 1st Edition', 1926, (no. 3298a): "On the back the label of Haro, a restorer. Ingres Sale Cat. ref. 27 Ap., 1867 (63), another Sale Cat. ref. (158) and Degas Sale stamp".

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1975,0301.49

  • Additional IDs

    • TG.3298.a
Study for the figure of Pindar in the painting 'Apotheosis of Homer' (Musée du Louvre, Paris, 417); WL nude male, standing turned to l, with several outlines for his hands extending to l Graphite, squared for transfer

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Study for the figure of Pindar in the painting 'Apotheosis of Homer' (Musée du Louvre, Paris, 417); WL nude male, standing turned to l, with several outlines for his hands extending to l Graphite, squared for transfer

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