A Sleeping Odalisque by Ingres

A Sleeping Odalisque is a work by French painter Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867), best known for his works La Grande Odalisque and Odalisque with Slave and therefore also called the artist of odalisques. This painting, now in Victoria and Albert Museum in London, was painted in Italy between 1810 and 1830 and there are many doubts as to its true story. Some argue that it is a preliminary study of La Dormeuse of Naples, which disappears in 1815. Other experts consider it to be of a later period, having been executed when the painter knew of the disappearance of La Dormeuse of Naples. Ingres was one of the artists most influenced by classical sculpture and Renaissance painting.