Prado hosts first Spanish Ingres retrospective

From: 24-11-2015     To: 27-03-2016

Ingres’s La Grande Odalisque (1814), one of a number of important loans to the show from the Louvre, Paris. © 2010 Musée du Louvre/Angèle Dequier

An exhibition of the work of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) opening at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid is the first retrospective of his work in Spain and offers a chronological overview of his art through 70 works. It opens with an 1850s copy by Gustave Hequét of a self-portrait by Ingres from 1804. It will close with his last self-portrait, done at the age of 79, lent by the Uffizi in Florence. The show’s catalogue examines the influence of Ingres on Spanish art, particularly on the early work of Picasso.

The curator is Vincent Pomarède from the Louvre, which is lending generously. Among the most important Louvre loans are La Grande Odalisque (1814) and The Turkish Bath (1862). Pomarède organised the last major Ingres show nearly ten years ago at the Louvre. Another important lender is the Musée Ingres in Montauban, the artist’s birthplace. It is sending The Dream of Ossian (1813), which will be hung with a rarely seen preparatory watercolour from a private Paris collection (around 1812). The exhibition is sponsored by Fundación Axa.

• Ingres, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 24 November-27 March 2016