Statues - Hither & Thither

France
Montauban
Tarn-et-Garonne

Midi-Pyrénées

Rue du Tescou

Jean Ingres

Montauban 1780 - Paris 1867
French painter
(Wikipedia)
Antoine Étex
A. Charnod
1870

Montauban /  Jean Ingres   Montauban /  Jean Ingres

Description

Bronze statue of the painter Ingres sitting in a chair in front of a huge wall with bronze relief of L'Apothéose d'Homère (Apotheosis of Homer), painted by Ingres in 1827. On the back side of the wall 66 titles of Ingres' works are inscribed.

Inscription(s)

INGRES
j.a.d. ingres
ne a montauban
le xxix aout mdcclxxx
mort a paris
le xiv janvier mdccclxvii

Backside of the wall (hardly readable):

A INGRES LA VILLE DE MONTAUBAN
INGRES père ME INGRES mère J.A.D. ingres ME INGRES née CHAPELLE ME INGRES née RAMEL MARCOTTE
GILIBERT CHAPELLE SIXTINE MAGIMEL LEONARD DE VINCI DUC D'ORLANS LADY MONTAIGU BEDFORD ME D'HAUSSONVILLE ME LEBLANC FAM FORESTIER Duc D'ALBE
RAPHAEL et FORNARINA NSS des MUSES
JEANNE D'ARC ME FORGEOT SENONES JESUS au milieu des DOCTEURS REISET BAILLOT ANGELIQUE
de MORTARIEU ME MOITESSIER FAM; GATTEAUX FRANCOISE de RIMINI ARTIN ET TINTORET CHARLES DIX
DEVAUCAY
de LATIL BARTOLINI HENRI IV St PIERRE MOLE LA VIERGE
ROMULUS VIRGILE ACHILLE PHILIPPE V CHERUNINI J. CHRIST
VOEU DE LOUIS XIII GRANET BAIGNEUSE JUPITER ET THETIS AGE DE FER AGE D'OR HOMERE
St SYMHORIEN BERTIN L'ESPERANCE ODALISQUE STATONICE OEDIPE
27 cartons de DREUX VENUS LA SOURCE APOTH; NAPOLEON Ste G. PIBRAC [HAREM?] J. CESAR

Signed: ETEX 1868, and on the back: ETEX SCULP
fondu par Charnod & fils / 1870

Annotation

The monument was originally located at the promenade des Carmes and is in 1987 replaced to the present location.

The Apotheosis of Homer

The Apotheosis of Homer is a grand 1827 painting by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, now exhibited at the Louvre as INV 5417. A state commission to decorate a ceiling of the musée Charles X at the Louvre (now the ancient Egyptian galleries), it formed part of a renovation project commissioned by Charles X to have himself remembered in the grand tradition of Bourbon building works at the Louvre. Ingres worked on this painting in the most minute fashion - over 100 drawings for it survive, in which he can be seen making the composition and the details more and more precise. The composition is a symmetrical grouping centred in a classical way in front of an ancient Greek temple - its catalogue entry at the time of its first exhibition describes it as "Homer receiving homage from all the great men of Greece, Rome and modern times. The Universe crowns him, Herodotus burns incense. The Iliad and Odyssey sit at his feet."

The drawings also witness to a high level of precision, whilst the final painting's colours are very fresh and clear, giving the impression of fresco. Ingres's level of research can be seen in the painting's portrait of Nicolas Poussin, which is directly copied from Poussin's 1650 self-portrait now in the Louvre. Ingres wished to compete with Raphael through this painting (it is strongly inspired by the Italian artist's Parnassus) and Raphael is to be seen top left (in black and white Renaissance dress), being led by Apelles (in a blue cloak). Other figures shown include Dante is also shown being led by Virgil as in the former's Divine Comedy (extreme left, behind Poussin) and Molière (right, by the feet of the personification of the Odyssey). In the large number of figures it gathers, indeed, it is a kind of classical confession of faith.

It is highly successful in its genre, though leaves an impression of coldness, an impression which was reinforced at the time of its production by the exhibition of Delacroix's The Death of Sardanapulus at the same year's Paris Salon. Ingres had been considered revolutionary early in his career, but this contrast now faced off a Romantic renewal under Delacroix against the purest classical tradition as shown by Ingres. The Apotheosis of Homer was taken down from its initial site in 1855 and replaced later that year with a copy by Paul and Raymond Balze (in collaboration with Michel Dumas).

The figures shown are:
  1. Molière
  2. Dante
  3. Miguel de Cervantes
  4. Racine
  5. William Shakespeare
  6. Voltaire
  7. Seneca
  8. Virgil
  9. Aesop
  10. Pindar
  11. Hesiod
  12. Plato
  13. Socrates
  14. Pericles
  15. Pheidias
  16. Michelangelo
  17. Alexander the Great
  18. Luis Vaz de Camões
  19. Fenelon
  20. Longinus
  21. Boileau
  22. Corneille
  23. Poussin
  24. Mozart
  25. Horace
  26. Raphael
  27. Sappho
  28. Apelles
  29. Lycurgus
  30. Euripides
  31. Menander
  32. Sophocles
  33. Aeschylus
  34. Herodotus
  35. Orpheus
(From: Wikipedia).

Sculptor

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Location N 44°0'56" E 1°21'5"

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