Portrait of a Lady in the Image of the Muse of Science by Jean Honoré Fragonard

Portrait of a Lady in the Image of the Muse of Science by Jean Honoré Fragonard

Painting of the French artist Jean Honore Fragonard “Portrait of a Lady in the Image of the Muse of Science”. The size of the portrait is 82 x 66 cm, canvas, oil. This painting is also known under the name “Scholarship”, the canvas is included in the series of portraits “Fantastic figures” created by the painter in the late 1760s. Actually, under the influence of the creativity of Tiepolo and Rembrandt, Fragonard wrote a series of “Fantastic Figures” – breast portraits of the elders in cloaks, fantastic apparels.

These are not portraits, but images expressing certain states of the soul. Science – in a broad sense, the totality of all information brought into a known systematic order, beginning with theology, metaphysics, pure mathematics and ending with heraldry, numismatics, philately, and, in particular, the doctrine of the hoofs of cavalry horses. Although in reality there are only special sciences, but this does not prevent us from talking about science in the singular, meaning by this the general property of all sciences or the most learned, unequal to the various results of the cognitive activity of the human mind.

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