Aug 26, 2005

Polyhymnia, Muse of Eloquence

Polyhymnia, Muse of Eloquence


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Charles Meynier

(French, 1768–1832)

Oil on canvas

Overall: 275 x 177 cm (108 1/4 x 69 11/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2003.6.1

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Meynier was trained in a studio known by the students of Jacques-Louis David as the atelier of the "perruques" (wigs), a name given to royalists or conservatives of the period.


Polymnia is one of the nine muses in Greek mythology and a patron of dancing or geometry. She is portrayed here standing in front of a bust of the Athenian orator Demosthenes. This painting belongs to a cycle of five works commissioned by businessman François Boyer-Fonfréde for his home in Toulouse.

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