Teresa Nogarola, Countess Apponyi (1823) by Jean-auguste-dominique Ingres

Teresa Nogarola, Countess Apponyi - Jean-auguste-dominique Ingres - 1823

Artwork Information

TitleTeresa Nogarola, Countess Apponyi
ArtistJean-auguste-dominique Ingres
MediumPencil On Paper
Current LocationFogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts

About Teresa Nogarola, Countess Apponyi

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres was a 19th-century artist known for his detailed and empathetic depictions of fashionable women. One of his clients was Teresa Nogarola, Countess Apponyi, who was admired in Paris and the wife of the Austrian ambassador. In 1823, Ingres created a portrait of the countess that showcased her beauty and sophistication, which he titled “Teresa Nogarola, Countess Apponyi.”

The portrait highlights Ingres’ anatomical prowess as he places de Broglie’s arm at an angle that could not connect with her unseen shoulder. The sitter may be either Countess Therese Apponyi née von Nogarola or Countess Therese Apponyi née Serbelloni. Her elegance is captured in every detail from her poised posture to her stylish attire.

Interestingly, Countess Teresa Apponyi was known as La divine Thérèse and was the subject of Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 27 No. 1 and Op. 27 No. 2. Beyond this intriguing fact, Ingres’ portrait remains a beloved representation of the countess’s beauty and social status during her time.

In conclusion, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ portrait of Teresa Nogarola, Countess Apponyi from 1823 is a beautiful example of his detailed depiction style when it comes to fashionable women during his era. It captures the countess’s elegance sharply from every little detail to showcase sophistication through painting that undoubtedly inspired many other artists who followed him over time in their works too!

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