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.