A jewel inspired by the work of the painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780 - 1867), "Odalisque, called also La Grande Odalisque", 1814.
Commanded by Joachim and Caroline Murat, sovereigns of Naples, the Great Odalisque is the most famous nude of Ingres. This woman lying on a couch looking at us evokes the sensual East, showing only her back and the roundness of a breast. The painting was painted in Rome, where Ingres had been a resident of the Académie de France from 1806 to 1810. Exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris on the occasion of the Salon of 1819, this work was not well received, confirming the incomprehension of critics towards the painter's style. The latter reproached Ingres for his disregard for anatomical truth (body too wavy, arms too long, supernumerary vertebrae...), the uniformity of the odalisque's complexion, which was considered unnatural, and the lack of facial expression, which made it difficult to characterise the character, identify his temperament or his story, all narrative elements that the public at the time was waiting for. But the details of the painting are executed with great precision: texture and richness of the fabrics, rigorous rendering of the turban, details of a feather fan, meticulous wrapping around a large bracelet, delicate cross of two rushes....
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Avoid contact with perfume, chemicals and cosmetics; avoid getting the jewel wet.