EMULATION AND REPETITION IN 19TH CENTURY ART
 

Katy Landers

The story of Oedipus Rex and his family has been retold over and over again since it was originally written by Sophocles. It's most well known visual interpretation is that of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s works, dating from 1808, 1828, and 1864. His works went on to spark a trend with this neoclassical subject matter, which was later picked up by Salvador Dali in his Oedipus Complex (1930). The links between these two works are evident despite the very different stylistic choices by the artists; it is their storytelling choices are what truly makes these works neoclassical pieces.

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Ingres’s Oedipus (1808,Musée du Louvre, Paris, France)