Regarding Ingres : Fourteen Short Stories
Category: Literature & Anthologies
Publication date: 3/14/23
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
ISBN 13: 9780198810506
Total Pages: 192 pages, 20 Colour Illustrations
Dimensions: 242 x 195 x 25
Following the successful literary musings on art at the Frick, The Sleeve Should Be Illegal and Cocktails with a Curator, this anthology of newly commissioned texts from graduate students in New York University s Creative Writing Program pays homage to one of the institution s most celebrated paintings. Gathered here are fourteen fictional stories inspired by one of Ingres s most captivating portrait paintings. A detail of the work the fine silk dress, a red ribbon, a shawl casually draped over the arm of a chair, the contents of a tabletop, the contemplative pose is the starting point for each story. The pieces range from gothic tales that take place at the time of the painting in the mid-nineteenth century and stories that use the countess as a key character to a present-day ghost story and inventive sagas that take representations of the countess to faraway lands: Poland, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, India, and a heaven that is populated solely by Black people. The faculty adviser for the project is best-selling novelist Darin Strauss, who writes the book s introduction. Illustrated with Ingres s famous portrait as well as with many lush details, this one-of-a-kind volume is an ode, both traditional and postmodern, to a glorious work of art.