Merry Joseph Blondel (1781–1853)

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres French
Sitter Merry Joseph Blondel French

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Ingres made this portrait of Merry Joseph Blondel, his fellow Prix de Rome winner, the year Blondel arrived in Rome. The Villa Medici, where the two artists resided and studied, appears in the background of the drawing. Although they trained with rival teachers—Blondel with Jean-Baptiste Regnault and Ingres with Jacques Louis David—and continued to compete for positions and honors throughout their careers, the two artists developed a lifelong friendship.

Merry Joseph Blondel (1781–1853), Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, Montauban 1780–1867 Paris), Graphite

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