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Innocence Prefers Love to Riches

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

c. 1804

Artist:

Pierre Paul Prud’hon
French, 1758-1823

About this artwork

In this allegorical painting, a personification of Innocence at center signals her preference for Love, represented as a cupid, over Riches, taking the form of a woman in lavish Grecian robes and offering a chest of golden baubles. Pierre-Paul Prud’hon complicated this straightforward parable by manipulating the figures’ postures: while Innocence embraces Love, she gazes longingly over her shoulder at Riches, inviting viewers to wonder about the finality of her decision.

Prud’hon created this preparatory sketch for a larger painting to be completed by his collaborator and friend, Constance Mayer, who was known for her portraits and allegorical scenes.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Pierre Paul Prud'hon

Title

Innocence Prefers Love to Riches

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

1799–1809

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

34.3 × 27.2 cm (13 1/2 × 10 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1090

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