Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, Montauban 1780–1867 Paris)
Graphite on white wove paper
10 x 7 3/4 in. (25.4 x 19.7 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
This beguiling drawing relates to "Raphael and La Fornarina", a subject Ingres painted on several occasions. In the painting, Raphael appears in the studio with his fabled mistress-model “La Fornarina” (the baker’s daughter) sitting on his lap. Ingres, who greatly admired Raphael, seems to have had Raphael’s love interest in mind at the very moment of his own courtship and marriage to Madeleine Chapelle. Madeleine has been identified as the model for this study drawn from life.
Signature: Signed (lower left): Ingres-
Marking: Circular collection stamp (with two concentric circles) of Etienne-François Haro in red (lower right): Collection/Haro [in exterior circle]/Ingres[in central circle]
The artist to Etienne-François Haro, Paris (Lugt 1241 at the lower right); Emmanuel Riant, Paris.