Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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The Muse of Music
  • Marc Antonio Franceschini
    born: Bologna, Papal States (present-day Italy) ; died: Bologna, Papal States (present-day Italy)
  • The Muse of Music, late 1600s–early 1700s
  • Where object was made: Bologna, Italy
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: oval 181.6 x 136.5 cm
    Canvas/Support: 71 1/2 x 53 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: Gift of Mr. and Mrs Charles Slawson
  • On view: Loo Gallery, 401, W3
  • 1976.0052

Seated woman wearing a white and gold dress with pink cloth draped around her. She is holding a violin. There is a small sculpture of a nude female at her feet. There is a putto by her side, holding a sheet of music. There is part of an instrument showing behind the putto.