Minerva; Roman goddess and favourite child of Jupiter. She was the goddess of wisdom, medicine, poetry and the arts in general and patron of the Quinquatras Festival a sacred festival held in March to mark the consecration of her temple on the Aventine. Davison has portayed her in naked form with her symbol of an owl being released from her hands. This is a representation of Minerva as muse and scholar rather than the goddess of war that she latterly became. With technique reminiscent of Picasso ceramics this is a charming & touching work.
Scratch-board technique. Indian ink on plywood from a set of four half inch painted batten around the edges. No frame.