Ingres and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts

Works illustrating the highly developed taste and teachings of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts are grouped here, around the towering personality of Ingres, the leading figure of the Neoclassical school. The emphasis on accomplished drawing, polished execution, anatomical detail and archaeological precision testify to the rigours of artistic training at the Beaux-Arts, the crowning glory of which was a spell at the Villa Medici, the French School in Rome, for winners of the coveted Prix de Rome.