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Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

'Enamel in Metal of Minerva, by Jean de Court' c. 1855

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864531

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Photograph of an oval enamelled plaque by Jean de Court (c.1530-85), created in the end of the sixteen century and now in the collection of the Louvre, Paris (MR 2519). The work depicts Minerva in full-length, standing in a garden and wearing a helmet. She holds a lance in her left hand, whilst resting her right hand on a shield with Medusa's head. An owl is visible at her feet, on the right. The composition is placed centrally on a cartouche decorated with mythical figures and painted gems.

  • Creator(s)

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68) (photographer)

    After de Court, Jean (artist)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Athena
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Birds
            • Birds of prey
              • Owls