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Poetry and Poets
  • TitlePoetry and Poets

  • Technique/MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 298 x 326 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 326 x 354 x 10 cm
  • DatingMade 1804 - 1808
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 5592
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1961 Nationalmusei Vänner, Kooperativa Förbundet, Cellulosabolaget and others
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Poetry is symbolised by a woman with a lyre. She is seated near the top of Mount Helicon, abode of the muses, goddesses of poetry. Pegasus rears on the peak, striking a rock with his hoof to create the Hippocrene spring, source of poetic inspiration. Three poets – possibly Homer, Horace and Ovid – approach the spring. For this allegory Goya used Cesare Ripa’s Iconologia, an emblem book from 1593 that was a standard reference for artists for centuries.