Minerva - 19th Century Portrait Oil Painting of Roman Goddess


This is a large fine 19th century nocturne oil painting depicting the Roman goddess Minerva and her sacred companion, the night owl by the eminent German painter Robert Julius Beyschlag (1838-1903). Minerva was the virgin goddess of music, poetry, medicine, and most notably wisdom. According to the philosopher Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel “‘The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the coming of the dusk’, basically meaning that reflection and understanding is only possible in hindsight. The painting is sold in a superb quality newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the very finest condition it can be for its age, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Clients should also note that fully insured, tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

Robert Beyschlag studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, and went on to live and work in both Paris and Rome. He became most famous for his portraits of beautiful women and later, for his mythological paintings of Greco-Roman subjects. Today his work is held in numerous museums and galleries including those in Munich and Bremen.

Dimensions: (framed) 84cm x 66cm (33” x 26”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 67cm x 49cm (26¼” x 19¼”)
Medium: Oil on board.
Provenance: Various old labels in German, verso. Private German collection.
Presentation: Superb quality gilt metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

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