Roger Freeing Angelica  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Roger Freeing Angelica[1] (1819, Roger délivrant Angélique) by Ingres, depicts Angelica chained to a rock.

It was first publicly displayed a the 1819 Salon along with La Grande Odalisque, Philip V and the Marshal of Berwick, all of which were attacked as "gothic". A journalist from the Journal de Paris noted that it « semble prendre à tâche de nous ramener au goût de la peinture gothique. »

In the painting, the female figure shows the finest qualities of Ingres's work, while the effigy of Roger flying to the rescue on his hippogriff sounds a jarring note, for Ingres was rarely successful in the depiction of movement and drama. As Sanford Schwartz has noted, the "historical, mythological, and religious pictures bespeak huge amounts of energy and industry, but, conveying little palpable sense of inner tension, are costume dramas ... The faces in the history pictures are essentially those of models waiting for the session to be over. When an emotion is to be expressed, it comes across stridently, or woodenly." (Schwartz 2006)

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