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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?