Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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The Muse of Astronomy
  • Marc Antonio Franceschini
    born: Bologna, Papal States (present-day Italy) ; died: Bologna, Papal States (present-day Italy)
  • The Muse of Astronomy, late 1600s–early 1700s
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: oval 180.3 x 134 cm
    Canvas/Support: 71 x 52 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: Gift of Mr. and Mrs Charles Slawson
  • On view: Loo Gallery, 401, W3
  • 1976.0051

Portrait of seated woman; wearing a light blue dress with gold trim and a dark blue piece of cloth draped around her. She is pointing with her proper left hand at the sky. There is an armillary sphere at her side. She has her proper left foot on a book.