Opposing Romantic and Neoclassic styles form a magnetic compatibility in Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ unparalleled artwork. A French painter who was strongly influenced by Raphael, Ingres (1780 – 1867) crafted sensuously elegant works replete with graceful, calligraphic lines and superlative texture. Best known for his portraits, Ingres favored women as subjects, adeptly revealing their special inner beauty. Also drawn to historical and religious subjects, he influenced many future artistic geniuses, including Degas, Renoir and Picasso. Ingres’ masterpieces are displayed at the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum and the Frick Collection in New York.