Title: The Apotheosis of Homer
Artist: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780 – 1867)
Completion Date: 1827
Genre: Mythological Painting
Media: Oil on Canvas
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris
Ingres created this painting by combining over 100 small drawings for the assorted characters, each one making the drawing more detailed and precise. The painting was a state commission by Charles X to have himself remembered in the building works of the Louvre. The painting depicts an image of Homer, receiving all of the brilliant men of Rome, Greece, and contemporary times. The characters in the painting were extensively researched by Ingres, who studied the paintings of Nicholas Poussin, Raphael, and Apelles, the ancient Greek painter. The painting also includes the figures of Dante, Virgil, and Moliere, the French playwright, along with other figures, including Greek and Roman Gods.