“Muse” is the work of the Italian Renaissance artist Cosimo Turo that looks like nothing. It is believed that the picture is dedicated to the ancient Greek muse of poetry, science and philosophy – Calliope, who was the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne.
In the picture we see an image of a gorgeous woman sitting on a throne. She is dressed in expensive clothes of velvet, brocade and silk. Her blue velvet dress literally merges with the sky, and the green lining of the cape seems to be a continuation of the throne. The pattern on the sleeves of the dress is detailed – a floral gold motif on a bright red brocade.
Especially worth noting the drawing of the cloak. The outer ruby side of the cape is constantly intertwined with a green lining and gently descends the legs of the girl. The drapery of the fabric is more like the protrusions on the rock – rough, sharp, but at the same time the artist manages to convey the softness and flexibility of the material. The head of the muse is crowned with a modest diadem of pure gold.
The throne on which Calliope sits is a true work of art. Made of pure gold, inlaid with precious stones – rubies, sapphires, pearls. The throne is adorned with the heads of sea monsters, which can be mistaken for ordinary fish, but they have long tails, sharp teeth, spikes. They guard the muse. On top of the throne is decorated with a large shell and beads of white, red berries.
The symbol of Calliope has always been a stylus – a wand for writing. The artist does not forget about this obligatory attribute of the muse and draws a long, thin branch with red berries in Calliope’s right hand. The girl’s left hand is a bit belligerent and menacingly set on her right knee. It seems that the muse is dissatisfied with something. Calliope’s facial expression is also hard to understand. It is impossible to say for sure whether she is thoughtful or angry.
The artist was a real genius in the field of color. The picture is very bright, the colors are raging, but only a few colors are used here: blue, red, green and gold.