Vow of Louis XIII

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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Vow of Louis XIII, 1824

If this isn't divine right, I don't know what is. For Ingres, Vow of Louis XII was a turning point to becoming a super credible artist. This piece forced Ingres into the limelight, and into the view of prominent Frenchmen. Ingres had a classy way of getting the fame he so desired. Not only did he appeal to nobility by making them look good, but he appealed to the public because he incorporated themes, like religion, that many were interested in seeing. In particular, this piece made nobility swoon. I mean, who wouldn't want to be lead by someone who adorns the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus with gifts? I know I think that sounds like a pretty cool leader. It makes him seem super-legit.

The physical aspects of the painting are none too shabby either. The layout of the painting is extremely well done. Although the curtains sort of come out of no where, they perfectly frame Mary and Jesus, and form somewhat of a triangle, symbolizing the Holy Trinity. The gold rings that come down from heaven also form an additional framing of Mary and Jesus, further distancing them from the ordinary dullness of Earth. Ingres does a good job of making Louis XIII look good, but not too good. Ingres painted Louis in royal garb, but not overly flamboyant attire, as not to draw attention away from heaven.

Ingres created a perfect balance of humbleness and grace in Vow of Louis XIII which not only captured the attention of royalty, but of audiences everywhere.

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