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The Unfortunate Painter and his Family

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A harassed artist turns from his work—and from Mercury, protector of the arts and financial gain—to attend to his mewling infant, needy wife, and brood of unruly children. The drawing bears a quotation from Juvenal: “Haud facile emergent quorum Virtutibus obstat res angusta domi” (“With difficulty shall they emerge whose virtues are obstructed by poverty at home”).


Ingenuity: Ingenium, Ingenuity: Genius, Ingenuity: Ingenuity, Ingenuity: Wit, Mercury, Painting, Poverty, Family

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Bibliothèque nationale de France

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