barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, after Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

La belle Ferronnière

Paris, about 1802-6

Black chalk, stump and wash

Paper: 52.5 x 41.8 cm; mount: 78.5 x 57.5 cm

 

This drawing is a copy of a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci in the Louvre, Paris, thought to represent a mistress of Francis I.

Ingres’s work precisely traces the subtle contours of the painting revealing his skills as a draughtsman, but Ingres omits the parapet at the bottom of the original painting. Ingres made countless copies after the old masters. This drawing was made when the artist was a student and presented to his master David before he left for Rome in 1806. 

Purchased 1937 (No. 37.3)

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