The curly locked boy, a miniature Frenchman, sneaks morsels of his food to a waiting dog while a woman indulgently gazes at the youngster, offering no remonstrance. This sweet domestic scene of pre-Revolution France unfolds, immortalized in Spoiled Child (cover ). Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805) gave his audience a morality play on canvas disguised as a tableau full of warmth and detail. While alive, Greuze received commendation for his artistic sentimentality and moral pedagogy; his prolific output comprised paintings, drawings, and etchings that illuminated the often hedonistic lifestyles of the Bourbon reign.
Torpy JM. Spoiled Child. JAMA. 2009;301(2):137. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.789