Art du Jour! Minerva | Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: Art du Jour! Minerva

February 26, 2010

Art du Jour! Minerva

Minerva \Mi*ner"va:
Oh hurrah! Roman mythology! Introducing Minerva, goddess of wisdom. Goddess of war.  Goddess of arts, sciences and poetry, spinning, weaving &c.  Here we have her in 18th century glory, depicted in action, beauty and stone.  What image of Minerva suits you the most? Suits her?

Jacques-Louis David,  Battle between Minerva and Mars. 1771, oil on canvas. Musée du Louvre.

Jean-Marc Nattier, Mademoiselle de Lambesc as Minerva, Arming Her Brother, the Comte de Brionne, and Directing Him to the Arts of War. 1732, oil on canvas. Musée du Louvre.

Jean Honore Fragonard, The Goddess Minerva. 1772, oil on canvas. The Detroit Institute of Arts.

Anne Vallayer-Coster, Still-Life with Military Trophies and Bust of Minerva. 1777, oil on canvas. Private.


  1. Ooo I love the Minerva collage! She's so much softer en rococo!

  2. Minerva montage I meant, it's too early in the morning for me to be anywhere near witty.

  3. I like the Fragonard best. That or the David for a second choice.