Great Paintings Explained: La Grande Odalisque by Ingres

La Grande Odalisque (1814) by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Oil on canvas. 162 x 91cm. The Louvre, Paris. Image source Wikimedia Commons

It can take a few moments for your eyes to fully acclimatise to the captivating world that opens up in this exceptional painting.

Whilst our modern eyes might be troubled by the flagrant display of the nude woman before us — not by the nudity itself perhaps but by the voyeuristic gaze that…



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