Our Lady of the Angels
Our Lady of the Angels c1889 by French Painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 – 1905) of the NeoClassic and Academic Periods, who created modern interpretations of classical subjects based of mythological themes.
Our Lady of the Angels, Originally Titled: Notre Dame Des Angels; depicts the Virgin Mary Mother Of Jesus Carrying the Baby Jesus in her arms as she stands on a cloud with Eight baby angels positioned around her feet and two additional angels inside some clouds in the upper right.
With this piece I took the liberty to colorize the image; to give the image a more engaging look over the reddish brown color of the original.
Our Lady of the Angels is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available for purchase as a canvas print online.
Info Below Courtesy Wikipedia.org
William-Adolphe Bouguereau was born in La Rochelle, France, on 30 November 1825, into a family of wine and olive oil merchants. The son of Théodore Bouguereau (born 1800) and Marie Bonnin (1804), known as Adeline, William was brought up a Catholic. He had an elder brother, Alfred, and a younger sister, Marie (known as Hanna), who died when she was seven.
The family moved to Saint-Martin-de-Ré in 1832. Another sibling was born in 1834, Kitty. At the age of 12, Bouguereau went to Mortagne to stay with his uncle Eugène, a priest and developed a love of nature, religion and literature.
In 1839, he was sent to study for the priesthood at a Catholic college in Pons. Here he was taught to draw and paint by Louis Sage, who had studied under Ingres. Bouguereau reluctantly left his studies to return to his family, now residing in Bordeaux.
There he met a local artist, Charles Marionneau, and commenced at the Municipal School of Drawing and Painting in November 1841. Bouguereau also worked as a shop assistant, hand-colouring lithographs and making small paintings that were reproduced using chromolithography.
He was soon the best pupil in his class, and decided to become an artist in Paris. To fund the move, he sold portraits – 33 oils in three months. All were unsigned and only one has been traced. He arrived in Paris aged 20 in March 1846.
Égalité devant la mort (Equality Before Death), 1848, oil on canvas, 141 × 269 cm (55.5 × 105.9 in), Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Equality is Bouguereau’s first major painting, produced after two years at the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris at the age of 23.
Bouguereau became a student at the École des Beaux-Arts. To supplement his formal training in drawing, he attended anatomical dissections and studied historical costumes and archeology.
He was admitted to the studio of François-Édouard Picot, where he studied painting in the academic style. Dante and Virgil in Hell (1850) was an early example of his neo-classical works.
Academic painting placed the highest status on historical and mythological subjects, and Bouguereau determined to win the Prix de Rome, which would gain him a three-year residence at the Villa Medici in Rome, Italy, where in addition to formal lessons he could study first-hand the Renaissance artists and their masterpieces, as well as Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities.