On this momentous occasion of Father's Day, we'd like to honor all the Dads out there for their guidance, wisdom and love. Just to show how much we care, we've compiled some of our favorite representations of fatherhood in the arts.
The fathers depicted below range from heartwarming to outright bizarre. (All those corny dad jokes don't seem so bad after seeing "Saturn Devouring His Son," do they?) From Adam and his dear old Dad, God, to the paternal figures behind greats like Degas and Van Gogh, the following proud papas are as influential as they are eclectic.
What we're trying to say is: Thank you Dads of the world! We realize and appreciate all your hard work, even if we don't say it enough. Enjoy the slideshow below and have a happy, happy Father's Day!
Dorothea Lange Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Grandfather and grandson of Japanese ancestry 1942
Gabriel Decker Portrait of a father and his Son 1850 Watercolor on paper
Edgar Degas Degas' Father Listening to Lorenzo Pagans 1869 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Peter Paul Rubens Saturn, Jupiter's father, devours one of his sons, Neptune 1636-1638 oil on canvas Prado Museum
Michelangelo Sistine Chapel Ceiling: Creation of Adam 1510 Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Italy
Auguste de Châtillon Victor Hugo with his son François-Victor (detail) 1836 oil on canvas Maison de Victor Hugo (Paris)
William Blake God Judging Adam Etching, ink, watercolor
Barthel Bruyn the Elder Portrait of a Man with Three Sons 1530 oil on canvas Hermitage Museum
Eugene Delacroix Hamlet Sees the Ghost of his Father 1843
Maurycy Gottlieb Recha Welcoming Her Father. From an incomplete series of illustrations for the play Nathan the Wise. 1877
Francisco Goya Saturn Devouring His Son 1823
Rembrandt van Rijn Portrait of Rembrandt's Father
Ford Madox Brown Lear and Cordelia 1849-54 Oil on canvas
Vincent van Gogh Portrait of Vincent van Gogh, the Artist's Grandfather 1881
Utagawa Kunisada Father and Son Members of the Forty Seven Rônin from Chûshingura
Pierre Mignard Philippe de France with his favourite daughter Marie Louise (future Queen of Spain) Date circa 1670 oil on canvas Palace of Versailles