Muse Calliope (1494) by Albrecht Durer

Muse Calliope - Albrecht Durer - 1494

Artwork Information

TitleMuse Calliope
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationLouvre, Paris, France

About Muse Calliope

The artwork “Muse Calliope” is a creation of Albrecht Dürer from the year 1494. Executed in pen and ink, the piece is a testament to the Northern Renaissance art movement. It falls within the mythological painting genre and is housed in the prestigious Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

In the artwork, we see Calliope, known as the Muse of epic poetry and eloquence in Greek mythology. She is depicted standing and holding what appears to be a flute, a traditional symbol of poetic and musical inspiration. Her garments drape gracefully over her form, with fine lines indicating the folds and creases characteristic of Dürer’s meticulous attention to detail. Her face bears a contemplative expression, befitting the muse canonically associated with storytelling and thought. The background, while sparse, includes what seems to be a decorative urn or fountain to her right, giving the aura of a classical setting, which correlates with the theme of the ancient Muses. The artwork exemplifies Dürer’s masterful line work and ability to convey depth and texture using simple but precise strokes. The name “CALLIOPE” is inscribed at the bottom, presumably to identify the subject of the portrayal clearly.

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