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The Dispute between the Muses and the Daughters of Pierios on Parnassus

A work made of engraving, printed in black, on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving, printed in black, on paper.

Date:

1553

Artist:

Enea Vico
Italian, 1523-1567

About this artwork

A Renaissance printmaker who also reproduced ancient medals, Enea Vico engraved this scene of embattled female artistry. The Muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne and companions of Apollo on Mount Parnassus, spread art and culture throughout the world. But their gifts also inspired hubris. According to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the mythical Macedonian king Pierios named his nine daughters after the Muses, believing they would be as talented. Here Apollo, a wreathed Dionysos, and other gods watch as the Muses (the nudes at left) challenge the king’s daughters. The Muses prevailed in the competition, and Pierios’s daughters were turned into chattering magpies as punishment, a fate suggested by the flock of birds in the distant background.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Enea Vico

Title

The Dispute between the Muses and the Daughters of Pierios on Parnassus

Origin

Italy

Date

Made 1553

Medium

Engraving, printed in black, on paper

Dimensions

245 × 384 mm

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.2465

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