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Apollo, God of Light, Eloquence, Poetry and the Fine Arts with Urania, Muse of Astronomy

Apollo, God of Light, Eloquence, Poetry and the Fine Arts with Urania, Muse of Astronomy

1798

Charles Meynier

(French, 1768–1832)

Oil on canvas

Overall: 275 x 235 cm (108 1/4 x 92 1/2 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2003.6.3

Did you know?

Urania leans on a starry orb, indicating her role as the muse of astronomy.

Description

A recipient of the Grand Prix de Rome in 1789, Charles Meynier became a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1815 and painted large ceiling decorations at the Louvre and numerous pictures glorifying the Napoleonic legend. Erato, Muse of Lyrical Poetry belongs to a cycle of five paintings executed to fulfill a commission from businessman François Boyer-Fonfréde. They were intended to decorate his home in his native Toulouse and constitute a rare instance of a complete cycle of major paintings that remain intact rather than being split up and separately dispersed.

Video

Apollo and the Muses
Meynier's Masterpieces
Restoring the Muses
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