A Bashful Apollo and the Muses

Todd Zwirkoski's avatar Todd Zwirkoski

The Muses are supernatural beings that have inspired artists, musicians & poets since antiquity. Apollo, protector of fine arts, music & poetry was their leader. Urania, "the heavenly", muse of astronomy, is perched on the moon, wearing a cape lined with stars. Melpomene, "celebrates song", muse of tragedy, displays a tragic mask. Terpsichore, "delighting in dance", muse of the dance, plays a harp. Polyhymnia,"many hymns", muse of sacred hymns, holds a flower and a gazelle harp. Euterpe,"giver of delight", muse of music, bears a torch and flute. Thalia,"rich festivity", muse of comedy, holds a theatrical mask. Clio, "make-famous", muse of history, bears a parchment scroll. Erato, "the lovely", muse of love poetry, holds golden arrows and is surrounded by turtle doves. Calliope,"beautiful voice", muse of epic poetry, holds a wax writing tablet and laurels. This is a preliminary sketch. The life sized figures will be rendered in photo realistic detail utilizing oil paint on canvas.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: Flat
  • Medium: French oil on canvas
  • Width: 12 feet
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 7 feet