Babu Kuriakose left a comment recently noting congruencies in Goya’s famous painting and Spartan Girls Provoking Boys by Edgar Degas. Babu has a discerning eye, and his website documents many resonances in contemporary visual rhetoric. His comment led me to muse about Aby Warburg’s work on iconology. Is there more going on in these paintings than simple replication of visual motifs?
Edgar Degas. Spartan Girls Provoking Boys. c.1860-62. National Gallery, London.