Apollo God of Light with Urania Muse of Astronomy by Charles Meynier
Apollo God of Light with Urania Muse of Astronomy by Charles Meynier

Apollo God of Light with Urania Muse of Astronomy

Apollo God of Light, Eloquence, Poetry and the Fine Arts with Urania Muse of Astronomy by French Painter Charles Meynier (1763or8 – 1832);of historical and mythological subjects in the late 18th and early19th century.

This is a mythological painting of Apollo and Urania in a garden of flowers as Apollo looks off into the heavens, holding a laurel wreath in his outstretched right hand; while he holds a lyre (hand harp) in his left arm, and a quiver with arrows strapped across his back.

Mean while Urania is relaxing on a cloud and leaning on a celestial orb of the galaxy admiring his presence as two swans swim past them in a pond they are relaxing by; in the background are several large billowing clouds set against a rich blue sky.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

Meynier was the son of a tailor; and a young age showed a talent for art, and began his training under the mentorship of by French Draughtsman and EngraverPierre-Philippe Choffard *1731 – 1809).

As a student of French Neoclassical and Historical Painter François-André Vincent (1746 – 1816), Meynier won the second prize in the 1789 prix de Rome competition; while Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson took first prize. Four years later in 1793 Meynier returned to Paris.

In 1815 Meynier became a member of the Académie de France à Rome; and during the period between 1819 to 1822, he created the grand decoration for the ceiling’s of the Louvre; as well as creating numerous works that glorified the Napoleonic legend, which for the most part remains in the Château de Versailles.

He also made designs for the bas-reliefs and statues on the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and the Paris Bourse. From 1816 onward, Meynier was a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts; and in 1819 he was appointed teacher at the École des Beaux-Arts.

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