INGRES, Jean-Auguste-Dominique
(b. 1780, Montauban, d. 1867, Paris)

The Entry of the Future Charles V into Paris in 1358

Oil on canvas, 47 x 56 cm
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford

The influence of German artists on Ingres should be mentioned. While in Italy he became familiar with the paintings of German painters (Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Friedrich Overbeck, Peter Cornelius and others). Many of Ingres' paintings reflect these encounters, particularly The Entry of the Future Charles V into Paris in 1358.

This piece of blatant Bourbon propaganda was created for the pro-Bourbon comte Amedée-David de Pastoret - of whom Ingres was to paint a splendid portrait for the Salon of 1827 - and shows his ancestor, Jean Pastourel, a fourteenth-century president of the Paris parliament, greeting the future king at the city gates after he had survived a peasants' insurrection in 1358. The subject, taken from the fourteenth-century chronicles of Jean Froissart, was matched in an appropriately archaic style.