The Virgin Adoring the Host

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 635

Ingres made this small, jewellike devotional painting as a gift for his friend Louise Marcotte; she introduced the artist to Delphine Ramel, whom he married in 1852. The Virgin appears behind an altar table, flanked by two saints in adoration of the Eucharist. The composition pays homage to the long tradition of intimate paintings made for religious devotion, particularly the art of Raphael from the early 1500s.

The Virgin Adoring the Host, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, Montauban 1780–1867 Paris), Oil on canvas

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