Collaborative painting with Kaitlin Roney https://www.kaitlinroney.com/
for combined show "Nothing Ethereal About Her" at Art Center of Rochester, November 2019.
Acrylic on canvas, 6 x 3'
The Nine Muses have been inspiring artists since the antiquity and there countless paintings, drawings, designs, poems and statues dedicated to them. All artists of the Renaissance acknowledged their importance in artistic creation, dedicating their works to the Muses.
1. Clio discovered history and guitar. Clio was always represented with a clarion in the right arm and a book in the left hand.
2. Euterpe discovered several musical instruments, courses and dialectic. She was always depicted holding a flute, while many instruments were always around her.
3. Thalia, protector of comedy; she discovered comedy, geometry, architectural science and agriculture. She was always depicted holding a theatrical – comedy mask.
4. Melpomene, protector of Tragedy; she invented tragedy, rhetoric speech and Melos. She was depicted holding a tragedy mask and usually bearing a bat.
5. Terpsichore, protector of dance; she invented dances, the harp and education. She was depicted wearing laurels on her head, holding a harp and dancing.
6. Erato, 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 was depicted holding a lyre and love arrows and bows.
7. Polymnia, protector of the divine hymns and mimic art; she invented geometry and grammar. She was depicted looking up to the sky, holding a lyre.
8. Ourania, protector of the celestial objects and stars; she invented astronomy. She was always depicted bearing stars, a celestial sphere and a bow compass.
9. Calliope was the Superior Muse. She was accompanying kings and princes in order to impose justice and serenity. She was the protector of heroic poems and rhetoric art. Calliope is depicted holding laurels in one hand and the two Homeric poems in the other hand.