Madame Jacques-Louis Leblanc (Françoise Poncelle, 1788–1839)

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres1823/1823

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City, United States

For this portrait there are more than two dozen drawings investigating a variety of poses (Musée Ingres, Montauban). Similar studies do not exist for the likeness of Madame Leblanc’s husband (19.77.1). The two paintings—the only pair of portraits Ingres produced—were probably intended to hang facing one another, since the light falls differently in each, but they are unified by the visual harmony of hands, gold chains, and rich textiles that enhance the couple’s black clothing. This work, however, was exhibited without its pendant at the Salon of 1834.

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  • Title: Madame Jacques-Louis Leblanc (Françoise Poncelle, 1788–1839)
  • Creator: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
  • Date Created: 1823/1823, 1823
  • Type: painting
  • External Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Collection Online
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 47 x 36 1/2 in. (119.4 x 92.7 cm)
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1918
  • Creator Death Date: 1867
  • Creator Birth Date: 1780
  • Accession Number: 19.77.2