Heraldry is a fascinating and complex system by which coats of arms are devised and decoded. My familial arms—yes, my family has a coat of arms, and yours may have too—are composed of an intricate grouping of objects, including a… More»
This patron goes full-on Minerva and protects her son with a shield while her husband is away. Also, an owl.
Allegorical Portrait of the Van Risamburgh Family, 1790, Joseph Chinard
Oh, I always loved this sculpture! If I remember correctly, the son is leaning on his father’s sword? But I haven’t visited it in ages and it’s hard to tell in these pics.
Indeed! He’s propped up on a pile of armor and is indeed holding a dagger or sword too big for him in his right hand. Maybe easier to see here?