|David (30 August 1738)|
|Ingres (29 August 1780)|
Jean Dominique Ingres, in the following generation, had the same highly polished finish to his work, but much of his subject matter was far more inward, imaginative. He was a romantic, who could also turn his hand to perfect portraiture. If you had money in the 1830s, he would surely have been first choice to paint your portrait. His work was simultaneously accurate and flattering.
|de La Tour (5 Sept 1704)|
Apparently one of the reasons for his popularity at court was his ability to make his sitters look clever.
Over in England, George Stubbs was busy painting rich men's horses and dogs. But he's made himself look perfectly ordinary in contrast to the rather dandy Frenchman. And here's another one who looks like he's in on the joke – Joseph Wright of Derby. Wright is the first artist of the English Enlightenment and did a series of paintings of experiments and lectures on science paying special attention to the tools used. I think that's shows a Virgoan interest in technology.
|Wright (3 September 1734)|
|Stubbs (25 August 1724)|
|Friedrich (5 September 1774)|
He was also badly depressive. But even he looks as if he's trying to suppress a smile. Pretty intense gaze there though.
The flip side of depression is, of course, a sense of humour.
|Burne Jones (28 Aug 1733)|
|Rackham (19 Sept 1867)|
So what do we have from the Virgos along with sheer skill and technical brilliance, romance and wit, I think.
|Jean Arp (16 Sep 1886)|
I mean seriously.
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