Ingres' Raphael and La Fornarina: The Marriage of Classicism and Romanticism
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of History of Art Undergraduate Research Theses; 2021
Ingres' Raphael and La Fornarina series represents the perfect marriage of Classicism and Romanticism. The relationship between Raphael and his mistress, identified in the 18th century as La Fornarina, was a popular scene among 19th-century biographers and artists. In the early and mid 19th-century French Academy, there was a divide between Davidian Neoclassicists and a group of young artists known as Romantics who deviated from Classicism in favor of more modern themes and styles. Ingres defended the reputation of the Renaissance master against his modernist contemporaries, and forged a unique brand of Romanticized Classicism based on Raphael's style. Ingres' unique series, painted in the genre historique style, infused the Classical heritage (as epitomized by Raphael) with a new sense of sentimentalism, thereby securing the French master's reputation among the pantheon of great Western painters. Also included in this work is a survey of existing literature on Ingres' series and details about the five painted versions of the theme.
Academic Major: History of Art
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