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Academic master Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres was the leading Neoclassical painter of his time and was, in many ways, the very symbol of the French art establishment. Although accomplished as a history painter in the highest academic fashion, Ingres’s ultimate contribution to posterity was his portraits, which since the career-crowning retrospective exhibition of his work at the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris have been heralded as among the finest ever in the history of art.

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