Fame and Erato, Muse of Love Poetry

Accession Number
1987/1.159

Title
Fame and Erato, Muse of Love Poetry

Artist(s)
Sebastiano Conca

Object Creation Date
circa 1725

Medium & Support
oil on canvas

Dimensions
24 3/4 in. x 31 in. x 2 in. ( 62.87 cm x 78.74 cm x 5.08 cm )

Physical Description
Two women accompanied by a pair of putti appear seated in the foreground of this painting. On the left sits a winged woman crowned with a laurel wreath and wearing a long white robe and a vivid ocher-colored mantle. She leans on a globe while cradling a large book in her right arm to which she points with her left hand. In her right hand she holds a compass. A putto peeks from beneath her mantle, and a viol is visible beneath the globe. The other woman sits on a cloud. She wears a golden crown and a richly colored blue mantle. She grasps a lyre with her left hand and leans toward the woman seated next to her, gesturing in the direction of the book with her right hand. A second putto stands near her left shoulder holding a gold circlet in his left hand. The background is filled with glimpses of neoclassical architecture, including fluted columns and a facade with a row of Ionic columns supporting an entablature.

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Primary Object Type
narrative painting

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
allegory (artistic device)
books
drafting
globes (cartographic spheres)
lyres
oil paintings (visual works)
putti (motifs)

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