The bride and I just returned from a wonderful vacation in France where we were privileged to see both the Louvre and Orsay Museums. Of the two, the Orsay was much better--less crowded, could get closer to the paintings, more cats.
This is the second of a pair of posts on the art of Paul-Henri Motte.
Image credit Wikimedia Commons, The Geese of the Capitol, Henri-Paul Motte, 1889, medium, size, and ownership unspecified.
And the kitty close-up, very reminiscent of the lion in The Fiancee of Belus featured here a couple of weeks ago:
Wikimedia Commons tells us this:
While the Roman soldiers and watch dogs slept, Juno's sacred geese on the Capitol warned Rome of the Gallic attack in 390 BC.
And that terse statement is about all I could ascertain about this painting. It is a fascinating work, true to Mott's inclination towards historical realism in his paintings.
The poor lion seems revulsed by the water spouting forth from its mouth. Can't say that I blame him.
[Gary note: With my Cats in Arts posts, I encourage you to scope out the art appreciation site Artsy (I have no financial interest in the site, I just like it), where you can explore many aspects of the world of art. You'll certainly be entertained and enlightened!]