Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
(1780–1867)

View of Santa Maria Maggiore

Signed and inscribed in graphite below at center, Ingres à Adele.

ca. 1813–14
Graphite, pen and brown ink, brown wash
7 1/8 x 9 9/16 inches (182 x 243 mm)

Thaw Collection

Item description: 

Like many foreign artists in Rome, Ingres explored and sketched local monuments, such as St. Peter's Basilica, the Palazzo Barberini, and Santa Maria Maggiore. This drawing was likely executed in a sketchbook that he carried with him to a favorite vantage point on the Esquiline Hill. He precisely rendered the church facade, also noting an exiting procession.