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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Drawing, "Nine Muses: Cupid; Studies of seated male", 1813

type: Drawing

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Horizontal rectangle. Written top left corner: "S E Aldini Parisi/ terza camera ossia, sale diptinta/ a Monmorosi/ 4 Gennaio 1813." Women, seated. Top row left: History shown in profile turned toward right and writing on a tablet. A trumpet leans against the stool. Written on top: "l/ clio storia." Left center: Tragedy holding a mask and a sword. Written on top: "2/ tragedia/ melpomene" and "3/ Talia comedia," respectively. Right center: shown holding a music sheet; a flute leans against the stool. Written on top: "4/ Euterpe musica." Right: Dance, shown in profile turned toward left, playing the harp. Written on top: "5/ Tersicore danza." Between "four" and "five" is a pen sketch for a different pose of Euterpe, holding a scroll in her lap and a flute in her left hand. Second row, left: Lyric poetry shown in profile, turned toward left, holding the lyre; Cupid speaks to her. Written on top: 6/ Erato poesia lirica." Left center: Eloquence, shown in profile, turned toward left, holding an open book. A trumpet and books lean against the stool. Written on top: "7/ Calliope Eloquenza." Center right: Astronomy holding a sphere. Written on top: "8/ urania astronomia." Right: Rhetoric, raising her right hand and holding a trumpet with her left hand. Bottom: a tragic and a Faun's mask.

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Designer
Felice Giani

Department

Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design

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