The exhibition

A once-in-a-lifetime exhibition introducing the Italian public to Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres and to the art world at the turn of the 18th century.

The exhibition features over 150 works, more than 60 of them paintings and drawings by the great French painter, brought together through international loans from some of the world's largest collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Petit Palais, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris and the Museum of Montaubaun, from which the largest number of paintings comes, and from some leading Italian museums, such as the Pinacoteca di Brera, the Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Milano, the Musei Civici di Brescia, as well as from private collections.

The exhibition path

In order to best document the great variety of styles and themes of "new classicism", the exhibition itinerary features several sections. The first part highlights the invention of a new figurative language, between the Ancien Régime and the French Revolution, with David and his closest disciples as its main characters. Their lexicon is made up of virile bodies and great energy. However, the ‘New Man’ these paintings intend to depict is also expressed through a parallel evolution of portrait painting.

Quite soon, some sort of pre-romanticism crops up here and there, thus highlighting the role of citizens dedicated to their fellow citizens, as was so well represented by Girodet. The latter precedes Gros and Prud'hon in exploring fantastic settings, drama, and melancholic traits. We then get to the surprising Ossian’s Dream, one of Ingres' masterpieces on display in this exhibition.

The rise and success of women painters, and in particular of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755 – 1842), was another important phenomenon in these times. Since 1774, she was the official portraitist of Queen Marie Antoinette. Her artistic career, soon to engage in artistic rivalry, would have been unthinkable in a social context other than in those years – the ‘70s of the 18th century – much more open than one would think.

The campaign of Italy and Napoleon are the protagonists of the following sections, with some famous portraits including those by Appiani. Works by Greuze, Canova, Gerard, and Finelli, with some drawings by Ingres are dedicated to the Empire’s other capital. One room is fully assigned to Giovanni Battista Sommariva, starting with the Portrait of Pierre Paul Prud'hon and Canova's Repentant Magdalene. The exhibition at this point presents Ingres’ solemn and magnificent portrait of Napoleon, in his coronation costume, preceded by a series of preparatory drawings.

In its final part, the exhibition, mostly featuring works by Ingres specially lent by the Museum of Montauban, takes on a monographic character. On display are a series of extraordinary male portraits, followed by several drawings and female portraits, Venuses and Odalisques. A painting in this section dated 1818 and representing the death of Leonardo da Vinci is all the more significant in the year in which we are celebrating Leonardo Da Vinci’s 500 year anniversary.

Somehow, Ingres carried the legacy of David and of his best pupils to its estrangement and eroticism extremes. Actually, he himself had been David’s pupil. This exhibition intends to show that his alleged classicism is simply an illusion. While showing Ingres’ skills as a colourist and not only as a draftsman, it also puts his religious paintings on display, as well as troubadours scenes next to odalisques with their long necks and round hips.



Jean Auguste Dominique INGRES and Artistic Life at the Time of Napoleon

Milano, Palazzo Reale – Primo Piano Nobile


12th march 2019 – 23rd june 2019

Monday: 2.30 p.m.-7.30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday: 9.30 a.m. - 7.30 p.m.
Thursday and Saturday: 9.30 a.m. - 10.30 p.m.
Ticket office closes one hour before exhibition closing time

Open 16€
Standard 14€
Standard discounted 12€: for groups of at least 15 persons, visitors under 26, over 65, teachers, disabled people, military personnel, off-duty Law Enforcement officers, members of FAI and Touring Club, holders of the annual Musei Civici Milanesi Card, “Lunedì Musei” Card (Museo Poldi Pezzoli and Museo Teatrale alla Scala), Institut Français Milan card holders, holders of concession cards, Trenitalia regional ticket holders valid to reach Milan on the same day of the visit, Trenitalia employees
Special discounted 10€: holders of Musei Lombardia Card, Orticola members with valid card, Rinascente Card holders, Steve McCurry. Leggere” and “Madame Reali. Cultura e potere da Parigi a Torino” exhibitions ticket holders (Turin, Palazzo Madama)
Special discounted 7€: ATM season ticket holders: ATM card to be shown along with the Carta Club to the ticket office of the exhibition
Special discounted 6€: for all types of schools, groups organised directly by FAI and Touring Club, non accredited journalists, employees of the Municipality of Milan and Civil Service Volunteers working with the Municipality of Milan
Family ticket 10€ per person, for one or two adults, 6€ for youth from 6 to 14, free for children under 5
Free admission for children under 6, one leader per group, two accompanying teachers per school class, one accompanying person for each disabled visitor who needs assistance, journalists accredited with the Press Office of the Municipality of Milan or of the exhibition, qualified tourist guides, ICOM members, employees of Milan’s Department of Landscape and Architectural Heritage
2x1 ticket for Carta Freccia members, holding a Frecce ticket for Milan (used not more than 5 days before the day of the visit)

Keep the ticket of the exhibition "Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres" and show it at Palazzo Madama in Turin. You can get admission reduced at € 8,00 at the “Steve McCurry. Leggere” and “Madame Reali. Culture and power from Paris to Turin” exhibitions

From Saturday April 20th until the end of the exhibition, 1 Euro of every ticket will be donated to the reconstruction of the Cathedral of Notre Dame destroyed in a fire on April 15.

Italian guided visit 100,00€
Guided tour in a foreign language 120,00€
Schools 60,00€
Guided tour and workshop for schools 100,00€

Reservation is compulsory for groups and schools and also recommended for individual visitors. Reservation fees:
1.50€ per person
1€ per student and for discounted family tickets

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