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.
- On View, Gallery 219
- Painting and Sculpture of Europe
- Pierre Paul Prud'hon
- Innocence Prefers Love to Riches
- France (Artist's nationality)
- Oil on panel
- 34.3 × 27.2 cm (13 1/2 × 10 9/16 in.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection