La Muse, Calliope
Very fine engraving, platemark 335 x 220mm (13¼ x 8½") very large margins.
Although claiming to represent the muse Calliope (associated with epic poetry), the work from which this derives is traditionally believed to by Terpsichore (associated with music). Engraved after the painting by Eustache Le Sueur (1616-55), one of a series which he produced for his patron, the financier Nicolas Lambert. Together, they were installed as the 'Chambre des Muses' at the Lambert's residence, Hôtel Lambert in Paris. Le Sueur, a founder of French classicism long considered the 'French Raphael', decorated the room in 1652 with paintings depicting the nine Muses and a ceiling painting of 'Phaeton asking Apollo's Permission to Drive the Chariot of the Sun'. In 1776 the paintings were all sold to Louis XVI, and today are in the Louvre. From a folio of engravings recording in details Le Sueur's many works for the Hôtel Lambert.
For a view of the 'Chambre des Muses' see ref. 38586; for Terpsichore see ref.40172.
[Ref: 40171] £260.00