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Image number
MNS487803
Title
The Attributes of the Arts and the Rewards Which Are Accorded Them, 1766 (oil on canvas)
Artist
Chardin, Jean-Baptiste Simeon (1699-1779) / French
Location
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN, USA
Medium
oil on canvas
Date
1766 (C18th)
Dimensions
113x145 cms
Description
Palette with brushes, atop a paint box, symbolizes the art of painting. Building plans, spread beneath drafting and surveying tools, represent architecture. An ornate bronze pitcher alludes to goldsmithing, and the red portfolio symbolizes drawing. The plaster model of J. B. Pigalle's Mercury, an actual work by a friend of Chardin's, stands for sculpture. The cross on a ribbon is the Order of Saint Michael, the highest honor an artist could then receive. Pigalle was the first sculptor to win it.
Credit
The William Hood Dunwoody Fund / Bridgeman Images
Keywords
arts / equipment / attributes / paintbrushes / art / tools / brushes / sculpture / medal / plans / books / still life / award / palette
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