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Apollo and the Muses gm-00043301

Apollo and the Muses gm-00043301

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Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, 1604/1605?–1682) The nine Muses, goddesses of poetic inspiration and the creative arts, surround the god Apollo, who plays a lira di braccio. They gather along the Castelian spring, which flows through the center of the scene. Famous in ancient times as a source of inspiration and learning, this place was appropriate for making music and contemplating the beauty of Mount Parnassus. An identifying inscription fills a cartouche beside each Muse.

Claude Lorrain's friezelike composition, with figures balanced carefully along the foreground plane, reflects the influence of fellow Baroque artist Nicolas Poussin, Claude's contemporary and rival. The substantial forms of the Muses fill the scene, blocking much of the more delicate landscape that was Claude's most frequent subject. This drawing is unique in his work in showing large-scale figures accompanied by inscriptions.

Scholars do not know why the artist made this drawing. Claude or a patron may have wanted to retain a copy of an earlier composition or, more likely, to remember the identification of the figures in the picture.
Art Prints are printed on heavy matte finish German art paper using the finest Canon archival inks. Frame is black natural with a white mattboard and Acrylite glazing.

Wall Murals are printed on 42" matte finish, self-adhesive Kodak PhotoText fabric panels that combine and mount easily on a non textured wall surface. We can custom make to any size, just ask.

Stretched Canvas is stretched by hand over 1.5" thick pine bars and printed on cotton poly matte finish canvas. Each is canvas hand coated with Hahnemuhle UV/Archive coating, these are Swiss quality best in industry canvases.


All our images are digitized from the original negative , printed and assembled in Switzerland to museum standards by our master printer.

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