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L'Alliance de la Poésie et de la Musique (The Alliance of Poetry and Music)

Accession Number
1994/1.81

Title
L'Alliance de la Poésie et de la Musique (The Alliance of Poetry and Music)

Artist(s)
Charles Joseph Natoire

Object Creation Date
circa 1746

Medium & Support
oil on panel

Dimensions
12 1/16 in x 15 1/16 in (30.64 cm x 38.26 cm)

Subject matter
Two women clad in flowing robes sit beneath a curved colonnade at the center of this delicately painted scene. The woman on the left, wearing a blue mantle, holds a lyre in her right hand and leans toward her companion, who holds open a musical score on her lap to which she points with her right hand. Books are piled on the steps next to the woman on the left and a putto sits next to her with a scroll unrolled across his lap. A second putto stands next to the other seated woman and plays a viol. A winged putto hovers over the heads of the two women, holding a small trumpet in his left hand and a laurel crown in his right, which he is about to place on the head of the woman with the lyre. Two bust-length portraits of men in oval frames wreathed with laurel hang from the columns in the background.

Physical Description
Two women clad in flowing robes sit beneath a curved colonnade at the center of this delicately painted scene. The woman on the left, wearing a blue mantle, holds a lyre in her right hand and leans toward her companion, who holds open a musical score on her lap to which she points with her right hand. Books are piled on the steps next to the woman on the left and a putto sits next to her with a scroll unrolled across his lap. A second putto stands next to the other seated woman and plays a viol. A winged putto hovers over the heads of the two women, holding a small trumpet in his left hand and a laurel crown in his right, which he is about to place on the head of the woman with the lyre. Two bust-length portraits of men in oval frames wreathed with laurel hang from the columns in the background.

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Primary Object Type
figure painting

Additional Object Classification(s)
Painting

Collection Area
Western

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Keywords
allegory (artistic device)
literary theory
lyres
music (performing arts)
oil paintings (visual works)
portraits
putti (motifs)
violoncellos

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