Two Muses
On View In:
Gallery 343
Artist:   Master of Tavernelle
Circle of Filippino Lippi  
Title:   Two Muses  
Date:   16th century  
Medium:   Tempera on panel  
Dimensions:   11 1/16 x 8 7/16 x 1/8 in. (28.1 x 21.43 x 0.32 cm) (panel) 16 x 13 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (40.64 x 34.29 x 5.72 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   The Putnam Dana McMillan Fund  
Location:   Gallery 343  

In Greek mythology, the Muses were the nine goddesses of creative inspiration in the arts, each having her own sphere of influence. One may be Thalia, the Muse of comedy and pastoral poetry, usually shown with a mask and a musical instrument, while the other is likely Melpomene, the Muse of Tragedy, typically shown with a mask and small horn. Thalia plays a lyre placed on a small altar dedicated to Deo. Max., possibly the sun god, Apollo. This composition is based on a fresco in the Strozzi Chapel in the church of Santa Maria Novella, painted between 1490 and 1504 by Filippino Lippi, a leading Florentine painter. It has been attributed to Niccolò Cartoni, a documented follower of Filippino.

Name:   Master of Tavernelle  
Nationality:   Italian (Florence)  
Life Dates:   Italian (Florence)  
Name:   Lippi, Filippino  
Life Dates:   Italian, 1457/58 - 1504  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Marks on verso: UC: [168PC] UL: [RIAAA] Stamp on UR: [Effortazione? Officio de Ogetti Di Lide 19  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Thalia and Melpomene  
Creation Place:   Europe, Italy, , , Florence  
Accession #:   67.28  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts