Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry
Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry c1798 Century by French Painter Charles Meynier (1763 or 68 – 1832) specializing in historical subjects of the late 18th and early 19th century
This is an eye catching painting of Calliope from Greek Mythology, who is the Muse that presides over eloquence and epic poetry. Named by Hesiod and Ovid as the Chief of all Muses.
Here Calliope is sitting on a boulder with one hand holding an open parchment with writing on that rest on a writing board while in the other hand she holds a brass horn while she looks at a bust which represents Homer (OMHPOC); with clouds reaching down from the heavens to where she is sitting.
This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available for print on multiple products, as well as a canvas print online.
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.