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Creator Name: Chardin, Jean Baptiste Siméon
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1699 - 1779
Creator Name-CRT: Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin
Title: The Attributes of the Arts
Creation Start Date: 1766
Creation End Date: 1766
Creation Date: 1766
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: H.44-1/2 x W.57-1/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 52.15
Credit Line: The William Hood Dunwoody Fund
This picture may appear to reproduce the casual clutter of an 18th-century tabletop. Not so. Chardin carefully selected objects to convey specific meanings.
A palette with brushes, placed 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. So this painting sends multiple messages: it presents emblems of the arts and of artists' glory and honors a specific artist, Pigalle.
A still life (or painting of objects), which is composed from scratch by its creator, can be used to convey complex meanings.
Acquired in 1952 52.15
AMICA ID: MIA_.52.15
Component Measured: canvas
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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