Did you receive a Valentine’s card today? Take a second look at those cartoon Cupids. They derive, in their own way, from ancient Greece and Rome, but might not be so cute as they first appear. Then as now, Cupid’s… 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?