Feb 13, 2013

Apollo with Erato and Cupid

Apollo with Erato and Cupid


Johann Kellerthaler

(German, c 1560/2–1611)

Pen and black ink and brown wash heightened with white gouache

Support: Laid paper

Sheet: 19.1 x 15 cm (7 1/2 x 5 7/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2012.98



In this visual allegory of poetry, Apollo holds his attribute, the kithara, a stringed instrument used in the recitation of epic poems. Erato, the Muse of lyric poetry, appears with a lute and tambourine at her feet. Lyric poetry typically expresses an idea or emotion, such as love, through short, musical, and rhythmic verse. Kellerthaler lived in Dresden, where he regularly worked for members of the Saxon court as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, and goldsmith.

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