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

1798
(French, 1768–1832)
Overall: 275 x 235 cm (108 1/4 x 92 1/2 in.)
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Urania leans on a starry orb, indicating her role as the muse of astronomy.

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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.
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)
France, late 18th century

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