Apollo and the Nine Muses on Mount Parnassus

size(cm): 50x55
Sale priceруб15.800,00 RUB


The painting "Apollo and the Nine Muses on Mount Parnassus" by Pierre-Paul Prud'Hon is a masterpiece of French Neoclassicism featuring a complex and detailed composition. The work measures 55 x 64 cm and was created in 1806.

The painting shows Apollo, the god of music and poetry, surrounded by the nine muses of Greek mythology on top of Mount Parnassus. The composition is symmetrical and balanced, with Apollo in the center and the muses arranged on either side in groups of three. Each muse is represented with their attributes and symbols, which adds a level of detail and complexity to the work.

The coloring of the painting is rich and vibrant, with warm and bright tones that accentuate the beauty and majesty of the characters. The golden and yellow tones in the clothes of Apollo and the muses create an effect of light and shine that highlights the divinity and elegance of the characters.

The story behind the painting is interesting, as it was commissioned by the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte to decorate his palace at Fontainebleau. Prud'Hon worked on the work for five years, presenting it to the Emperor in 1811. However, Napoleon was not satisfied with the work and returned it to the artist for improvement. Prud'Hon died before he could finish the work, which was completed by his student and friend, Charles Meynier.

A little known aspect of the painting is that Prud'Hon was inspired by Raphael's work, "The School of Athens", to create the composition and arrangement of the characters. However, Prud'Hon added his own style and artistic sensibility to the work, creating a unique and original work that remains one of the foremost works of French Neoclassicism.

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