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Allegory of Poetry

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Jean François de Troy, Allegory of Poetry, 1733, oil on canvas, Gift of Alexis Gregory, no known copyright restrictions, 2000.54

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Title

Allegory of Poetry

Artist

Jean François de Troy (French, 1679-1752)

Date

1733

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

40 1/2 in x 38 in

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

French

Credit Line

Gift of Alexis Gregory

Accession Number

2000.54

Copyright

no known copyright restrictions

Terms

allegories

canvas

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Mary and Pete Mark Gallery

Description

Allegory of Poetry and Allegory of Music were originally an integral part of the decoration of a grand Paris salon. As the perspective and large scale of the figures indicates, the canvases were intended to be placed high on the wall, possibly over doorways. Inset in carved wall paneling that would have been painted and highlighted in gold, the paintings would have appeared as colorful portholes offering glimpses of artistic fantasy. With these personifications of the arts, the painter achieves the highest goal of French 18th century sensibility, integrating art into daily life. De Troy infused his irrepressible sensuality into the most high-minded of subjects. In contrast to her sweetly nubile sister, who represents Music, the Muse of Poetry is a glamorous diva, wings springing from her brow. Her young companion calls her attention to the inspiration in the pounding hooves of Pegasus on the distant mountainside of the Muses' beloved Boetia.

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