Picture of the Day

Grande Odalisque
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, 1814

* This is my favorite piece in the week’s lineup. It’s sensual, captivating, and mysterious (an odalisque is a harem woman). When Ingres debuted it at the annual Salon of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, the critics roundly criticized him for abandoning anatomical realism. In a word, the critics were idiots. (Tidbit: Napoleon’s sister, Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples, commissioned this piece.)

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