VERONESE, Paolo
(b. 1528, Verona, d. 1588, Venezia)

Muse with Tambourine

1560-61
Fresco
Villa Barbaro, Maser

The eight music-making Muses stand in the "transept" of the Sala a Crociera at the Villa Barbaro as symbols of harmony, thematically closely related to the dome fresco in the Sala dell'Olimpo. Only there does Thalia, daughter of Apollo Musagetes, god of music and leader of the Muses, appear in a central position. The robes worn by the Muses owe their particular colourful attractiveness to the fall of light from the side.




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