Statues - Hither & Thither
Rue du Tescou
Jean IngresMontauban 1780 - Paris 1867
Bronze statue of the painter Ingres sitting in a chair in front of a huge wall with bronze relief based on i>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.
The monument was originally located at the promenade des Carmes and is in 1987 replaced to the present location.
The Apotheosis of Homer is a grand 1827 painting by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, now exhibited at the Louvre as INV 5417. The painting depicts Homer being crowned by a winged figure personifying Victory or the Universe. Forty-four additional figures pay homage to the poet in a kind of classical confession of faith. The relief shows not in all cases the same figures, and there are much more persons depicted.
The painting witnesses a high level of precision, 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 Renaissance dress), being led by Apelles. 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).
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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
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