Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Apotheosis of Homer (1827)

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres: The Apotheosis of Homer

Ingres was commissioned to paint this composition with numerous figures to decorate a ceiling in the Musée Charles X in the Louvre, now the Egyptian Rooms. It was taken down in 1855. The work, which does not betray its origin as a ceiling painting, draws heavily on Raphael's Parnassus. It shows a deified Homer receiving homages from the great artists of antiquity and modern times. At his feet, two allegories represent the Iliad and the Odyssey. [More at the Louvre]

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