As in the companion "Allegory of Arithmetic" (Walters 37.1917), this personification of the liberal art of Grammar is engaged in an activity to show how ideas impact real life. To demonstrate how important grammar and clear writing are in making ideas "bloom," the artist metaphorically represents Grammar watering two pots of flowers. Over her arm is a scroll bearing an ancient definition of grammar in Latin: "A literate tongue, spoken in the required manner." By the inscription, L. DE LA Hyre In. & F. 1650-"In." is an abbreviation for invenit (Latin for invented) and "F." for fecit (made it)-the artist emphasized his responsibility for the conception as well as the execution of the paintings.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Today’s Artwork of the Day, chosen by Titus Belgard, is on view in “Painting Music in the Age of Caravaggio.” http://met.org/1wLVHft
Featured Artwork of the Day: Laurent de La Hyre (French, 1606–1656) | Allegory of Music | 1649 http://met.org/1wrHhvp