Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732-1806)
c. 1761–65
Oil on canvas 
30-3/4 x 52 in. (78.1 x 132.1 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

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.


Mme M. Ephrussi.
Private Collection, France.
[Galerie André Weil, Paris; sold 4 August 1969 to;]
The Norton Simon Foundation, consigned to Wildenstein, London, 1979, unsold;

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