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Joan of Arc at the Coronation of Charles VII

Joan Of Arc At The Coronation Of Charles VII
ArtistJean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Completion date1854
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions240 cm x 178 cm
LocationLouvre, Paris

Joan of Arc at the Coronation of Charles VII (French: Jeanne d’Arc au sacre du roi Charles VII) is an 1854 painting by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. It is now in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

The work merges the style of Ingres' teacher Jacques-Louis David with that of the troubador style.[1] The scene is marked by ambient light, sumptuous objects and rich colours.[2]


In 1851, M. de Guisard, the state's Director of Fine Arts, gave Ingres a commission of 20,000 francs for a painting of a subject of Ingres's choosing.[3][2] Ingres offered instead to fulfill the commission by finishing two paintings already in progress, Joan of Arc and a Virgin with a Host.[3] Both were subjects he had depicted in earlier works: he had made a wash drawing of Joan of Arc as a model for an engraving by Pollet that was published in the 1840s in La Plutarque français, Vies des hommes et femmes illustres de la France by E. Mannechet.[3] The drawing shows her in a pose similar to that of the later painting, dressed in armor and resting her hand on an altar, but with no accompanying figures.[3]

For the painting Ingres made new preparatory drawings using a nude model. He then made drawings in which he added the clothes and armour.[4] The final composition shows Joan at the coronation of Charles VII of France in Reims Cathedral, victorious and looking up to heaven, which she felt had given France the victory. To her right are three pages, the monk Jean Paquerel, and a servant. The servant is a self-portrait of the artist.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Patricia Fride R. Carrassat and Isabelle Marcadé, Movimientos de la pintura, Spes Editorial, S.L., 2004, p. 47, ISBN 84-8332-596-9
  2. ^ a b c Bárbara Eschenburg and Ingeborg Güssow, "El Romanticismo y el Realismo" in Los maestros de la pintura occidental, Taschen, 2005, p. 428, ISBN 3-8228-4744-5
  3. ^ a b c d Condon, Patricia; Cohn, Marjorie B.; Mongan, Agnes (1983). In Pursuit of Perfection: The Art of J.-A.-D. Ingres. Louisville: The J. B. Speed Art Museum. p. 104. ISBN 0-9612276-0-5
  4. ^ P. F. R. Carrassat, Maestros de la pintura, Spes Editorial, S.L., 2005. ISBN 84-8332-597-7, p. 193
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