Apotheosis de Degas (After Ingres' L'apotheose d'Homere)

Edgar Degas1885

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

One of Edgar Degas's earliest documented involvements with photography occurred in 1885, when he directed the creation of a parody of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres's grand history painting, The Apotheosis of Homer, now in the Louvre Museum. A local photographer, Walter Barnes, made the negative and print, surely following Degas's explicit instructions. Entitled the Apotheosis of Degas, it is very much an aggrandized self-portrait of Degas.


  • Title: Apotheosis de Degas (After Ingres' L'apotheose d'Homere)
  • Creator: Edgar Degas, Walter Barnes
  • Date Created: 1885
  • Physical Dimensions: 8.3 × 9.5 cm (3 1/4 × 3 3/4 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 86.XM.690.4
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Edgar Degas (French, 1834 - 1917) and Walter Barnes (British, 1844 - 1911)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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