"Allegory Of Lyric Poetry And Dance With Musa Terpsichore."18th century allegorical painting.
Represents the muse Terpsichore sitting on the clouds with cupids around.0
The Cupids are armed with torches that burn tools of war, signifying the victory of art over hatred.
The muse Terpsichore is represented with the lyre in her hand, she was the protector of the choral lyric and then of the dance.
The most curious detail is the motto written on the tape supported by the doves:
BREVI COMPLECTOR SINGOLA CANTU
The enigmatic phrase in Latin speaks of the richness of a poetic phrase with multiple meanings.
The same sentence, with the same iconography, is found in the King's Office in 1760 at Versailles.
The painting comes from the French school. Technique: oil on canvas. Period 1760-1770 (before the French Revolution)
The work was recently restored and a more solid frame was used to reinforce the canvas.
There are a few tweaks, but not a lot.
Dipinto is a testimony of the Rococo period with its lightness and chromatic brilliance.
In a vintage golden frame.