Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Muses
  • Elisabetta Sirani
    1638–1665
    born: Bologna, Papal States (present-day Italy)
  • Muses, 1600s
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 84.8 x 122.2 cm
    Canvas/Support: 33 3/8 x 48 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 1951.0072
Description
Exhibitions

Figures in an interior. Three three-quarter length female figures against a dark neutral background. The far left figure has her back to the viewer and is in profile, facing right. She is wearing a semitransparent shift attached over her proper right shoulder. She holds in her proper left hand a painters palette with paint. Her hair is up with pearls in it. The central figure is dressed in drapery and holds a long object in her proper right hand. She is looking up and to the right. The far left figure is dressed in drapery and has her breasts exposed. She is in profile facing left with a wreath on her head. She is holding a quill and paper (?) in her proper right hand.