About the Art

Princesse de Broglie
by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

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The poet Charles Baudelaire wrote of Ingres that he

“depicts women as he sees them, for it would appear that he loves them too much to wish to change them; he fastens upon their slightest beauties with the keenness of a surgeon; he follows the gentlest sinuosities of their line with the humble devotion of a lover.” Princesse de Brogile



The Princesse de Broglie died of consumption at the age of thirty-five. Her bereaved husband kept this portrait behind draperies in perpetual tribute to her memory. It remained in the family until shortly before it was acquired by Robert Lehman.

Robert Lehman’s extensive art collection was kept in the family house on West 54th Street. Upon his death, it was bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum.