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Raphael and the Baker’s Daughter
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, 1780 - 1867)
1840. Oil on canvas, 14 x 10 3/4". 1957.013
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, one of the great French painters of the nineteenth century, was known for his precise and elegant drawing, a talent he shared with Raphael, the great Italian Renaissance painter. Raphael is said to have died of a fever he caught when returning one night from the home of his love, Margherita Luti. Here, although she is sitting on his lap, Raphael is gazing at his portrait of her. He is also neglecting the large Transfiguration behind him, which remained unfinished at his death. Ingres has turned the story into a meditation on death, art, immortality, and the distractions of love.