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Ingres: Erotic Drawings
J ean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres was arguably the last great champion of the French classical tradition. He was born in Montauban, not far from Toulouse, nine years before the storming of the Bastille. After returning to Paris, he ran one of the most preeminent studios until his death in
Bare-chested, his pink robe draped to one side like a furled curtain, the great big god sits with high, thick clouds wreathing his throne and cushioning his left elbow. How to arouse him? Thetis the sea nymph is sure she can manage it. Bare-breasted, her sage-green gown elegantly draped around buttock and thigh, she molds herself against the mighty knee and reaches up to twiddle his beard. Possessed by the ambition to exceed his teacher, Jacques-Louis David, in polish, and the English sculptor John Flaxman in Neoclassical execution, he made this scene on Mount Olympus more charged than anything that he—or indeed they—had previously achieved.