It’s one thing to take a #museumselfie with a work of art, as if to say, “yes, I was here with this artwork” or “yes, here is my reflection in the surface of this piece.” It’s another thing to make Greco-Roman statues look like they were chiseled specifically for selfie-shooting moments.
A snowball fight! (circa 1895-1897)
My Father’s Studio (1881). Edouard Joseph Dantan (French, 1848-1897). Oil on canvas.
Dantan shows his father Antoine-Laurent in his Saint-Cloud studio absorbed in the restoration of his bas-relief of The Drunkenness of Silenus. The sculptor portrays Silenus, the infamous figure from Greek mythology, a great drunkard and fitting teacher of Dionysus, inebriated, near collapse, and supported by a donkey and attendants.