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Ingres in fashion : representations of dress and appearance in Ingres's images of women
Ribeiro, Aileen, 1944-
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New Haven : Yale University Press, [1999]

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259 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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ND1329.I53 R53 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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An exploration of the ways in which clothing, accessories and fabrics define and display women in the portraits of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. Containing illustrations of the artist's work, the text examines the relationship of his art to the social and artistic discourse of his time.

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Ribeiro (Courtault Institute of Art) delivers a disappointing follow-up to The Art of Dress (CH, Mar'96), an accomplished synthesis of art, history, and fashion. The concentration on costume in the current text results in a visually stunning but misguided consideration of Ingres, whose significant artistic achievements are treated as afterthoughts. The history of costume and the debate surrounding appropriate clothing for portraiture is given ample space, despite Ribeiro's admission that Ingres showed little interest in these issues. Ingres's bodily distortion of his sitters--more exaggerated when the sitter is female--is glossed over as "problems with handling." Ribeiro suggests that Ingres used costume to disguise difficulties with anatomical correctness, not considering the possibility of deliberate distortions, perhaps due to the artist's hatred of portraiture. A more compelling argument would suggest that costume worked with bodily distortions as dual manifestations of Ingres's desire for absolute domination of a sitter--thus "raising" portraiture to a higher level. Recommended chiefly for the illustrations and for collections specializing in costume and fashion; other collections would be better served by Patricia Condon et. al., Ingres, in Pursuit of Perfection (CH, May'84). Two-year technical program students in design; professionals. E. K. Menon; Minnesota State University, Mankato