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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

3 Muses in painting and mosaics

The Nine Muses have been inspiring artists since the antiquity and there are countless paintings, drawings, designs, poems and statues dedicated to them. Many artists of all times acknowledged their importance in artistic creation,  dedicating their works to them.

In this painting displayed in the Musee du Louvre, 17th century artist Eustache Lesueur represented 3 of them : Melpomene, Polymnia and Erato

The Roman mosaic of Vichten was manufactured 14 centuries before Lesueur around 240 AD in a specialised workshop in Trier. It is one of the most beautiful Roman representations of the nine Muses and an eloquent example of the philosophical and literary culture of the urban elites in Roman Gaul.

Melpomene, protector of Tragedy, invented tragedy, rhetoric speech and Melos. She was depicted holding a tragedy mask and usually bearing a bat.

Erato was the protector of Love and Love Poetry – as well as wedding. Her name comes from the Greek word “Eros” that refers to the feeling of falling in love. She is depicted holding a lyre and sometimes love arrows and bows.

Polymnia, protector of the divine hymns and mimic art, invented geometry and grammar. She was depicted looking up to the Sky, holding a lyre.

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