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Apollo head and hands study

Sketch for Apollo and the Muses


Sketch for Apollo and the Muses (2)

One of the Muses

One of the Muses
Apollo and the Muses
John Singer Sargent -- American painter 
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Rotunda mural
Oil on canvas
283.21 x 428.62 cm (111 1/2 x 168 3/4 in.)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912 and Picture Fund 21.10512
Jpg: Lee Sanstead
Jpg2: MFA

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Apollo is the god of light, the patron of music and fine arts. Often in his attendance are the muses. Earlier numbers were unclear but the Greeks finally established nine muses in mythology: 

  1. Calliope, the Muse of epic poetry
  2. Clio, the Muse of history
  3. Polyhymnia, the Muse of mime
  4. Euterpe, the Muse of flute
  5. Terpsichore, the Muse of light verse and dance
  6. Erato, the Muse of lyric choral poetry
  7. Melpomene, the Muse of tradegy
  8. Thalia, the Muse of comedy
  9. Urania, the Muse of astronomy

Rotunda Dome Decorations
Looking straight up

The Rotunda
From the top of the Grand Stairway

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Special thanks to Lee Sandstead of New York, for being a friend of the JSS Gallery, for taking this picture on his trip and sharing this with us.



By:  Natasha Wallace
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