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Music, c. 1761–65

Jean-Honoré Fragonard
French, 1732-1806
Oil on canvas
30-3/4 x 52 in. (78.1 x 132.1 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
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This painting presents an allegory of music. The woman may be Erato, who was the Greek Muse of lyric and love poetry. She is commonly portrayed with a putto at her feet and one of several musical instruments, here a lyre and a brass instrument, as well as a book of music. Erato was likely a part of a decorative ensemble that included depictions of her eight sisters, the Muses.

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