ID number: BIRBI-37.3
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique (1780-1867), after Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Title / Object name: 'La belle Ferronnière'
Object type: Drawing
Place made: Île-de-France: Paris
Date made: about 1802-6
Materials: Black chalk, stump and wash
Measurements: Paper: 525 mm x 418 mm, mount 785 x 575 mm
Provenance: E. Lecomte Sale, Paris, 11-13 June 1906, lot 14; Paul-Arthur Chéramy Collection, Paris; Vitale Bloch Collection, London; purchased from Dr. Vitale Bloch, 1937, for £100
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.
Inscriptions / Translations: Inscribed I.I.: [D]essiné par Ingres élève de/son cher maître David
Notes: Exhibited: 'Copier/Creer, De Turner a Picasso', Musée de Louvre Paris, France, 26 April 1993 - 28 July 1993; 'Ingres', Musée de Louvre Paris, France, 20 February 2006 - 15 May 2006; 'Catching a Likeness', National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, 03 September 2007 - 09 December 2007