The Virgin Adoring the Host

Artist: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, Montauban 1780–1867 Paris)

Date: 1852

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 15 7/8 x 12 7/8 in. (40.3 x 32.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Lila and Herman Shickman, 2005

Accession Number: 2005.186


This small, jewel-like devotional painting was made as a gift for Ingres’s friend Louise Marcotte, who introduced the artist to Delphine Ramel, whom he married in 1852. The Raphaelesque composition is based on one Ingres first painted in 1841 for the future czar Alexander II, which includes the two patron saints of Russia, Alexander Nevsky and Nicholas (Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow). For this version, Ingres replaced the Russian saints with two French ones. He would go on to paint four more variants, as well as, in 1855, a watercolor for Madame Ingres herself (Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Mass.).