Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

1780 (Montauban, France) – 1867 (Paris)

Not much seems to have been recorded about friendships in Ingres’ life. He entertained Liszt in Rome, presenting a drawing of him to Liszt’s mistress; a talented violinist, he also met Mendelssohn and Paganini in Italy, and took Gounod (who sketched him) under his wing. Mérimée met him at a Paris salon, Géricault in Rome. Ingres studied with David, and first met Gros in David’s studio. While few of Ingres’ own students are now much remembered, he advised the young Degas (who admired him more than anyone) to concentrate on line.