Nikolaus Pevsner (1902–1983) was one of the 20th century’s foremost historians of British architecture. Even today, tourists wander through the historic squares of England aided by Pevsner’s The Buildings of England guidebooks, which remain in print with Yale University Press… 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?