This is a portrait of the friend of the artist François Granet, also an artist. Ingres places it on the background of the Roman landscape, half-turned, calmly looking at the viewer. But behind this external tranquility lies the lazy tension that is felt in the pre-threatened atmosphere, in the gray clouds that hang over Rome.
These gray-green clouds coincide with dozens of halftones, with which the cloak of the model is written. The whole portrait in the mood foreshadows a new attitude of the romantics.