Jupiter and Thetis by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

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Jupiter and Thetis by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres Jupiter and Thetis by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Artist: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780 – 1867)

Nationality: French

Completion Date: 1811

Style: Neoclassicism

Genre: Mythological Painting

Media: Oil on Canvas

Location: Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence

Depicting a scene from Homer’s Iliad, in which Thetis begs Jupiter to intervene in the Trojan War, saving the life of her son Achilles, this painting was poorly received by the Paris Salon. The painting, at over 11 by 8 feet, is an immense canvas, and is steeped in the traditions of the classical art of which Ingres was so enamored. Ingres kept the painting his studio until it was purchased by the state in 1834. When it was received at the Paris Salon in 1811, strangely the only artists who recognized the talent were Romantics, Ingres’ hated artistic nemeses.

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I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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