25 Works, July 21st. is Jean-Baptiste Greuze’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #198

Jean-Baptiste Greuze
Filial Piety (The Paralytic), c. 1763

Oil on canvas
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

Denis Diderot was an unofficial art adviser to Catherine the Great of Russia. It was no coincidence when the painting he praised was purchased directly from the artist by Catherine’s agents and shipped to Saint Petersburg, where it remains. This peculiar mid-18th century French painting-genre of the “edifying family tableau” was exactly suited to Diderot’s taste for secularized moral uplift. More on this painting

In more general terms, filial piety means to be good to one’s parents; to take care of one’s parents; to engage in good conduct, not just towards parents but also outside the home so as to bring a good name to one’s parents and ancestors; to show love, respect, and support; to display courtesy; to ensure male heirs; to uphold fraternity among brothers; to wisely advise one’s parents, including dissuading them from moral unrighteousness; to display sorrow for their sickness and death; and to bury them and carry out sacrifices after their death. More on Filial Piety

Jean-Baptiste Greuze (21 August 1725–4 March 1805) was a French painter of portraits, genre scenes, and history painting…

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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