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Charles Meynier | Apollo and the Muses, 1798

Charles Meynier | Clio, Muse of History | Cleveland Museum of Art

In 1797 François-Bernard Boyer-Fonfrède, an industrial textile manufacturer, commissioned Charles Meynier (Paris, 1768-1832) to paint nine canvases featuring Apollo and the Muses for a large room in his home in Toulouse.
Meynier exhibited the painting based on this drawing at the Salon of 1800 but ultimately only completed five canvases, as his patron ran out of money.
The paintings were installed in the hall of Wallenried Castle, Switzerland by General Castella de Berlens around 1824, where they remained until 1983.
The group was acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2003. | © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Charles Meynier (Paris, 1768-1832)

Charles Meynier | Apollo and the Muses | Pentyptych | Cleveland Museum of Art

Charles Meynier | Polyhymnia, Muse of Eloquence | Cleveland Museum of Art

Charles Meynier | Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry | Cleveland Museum of Art

Nel 1797 François-Bernard Boyer-Fonfrède, un produttore tessile industriale, commissionò al pittore Francese Charles Meynier (Parigi, 1768-1832) nove tele raffiguranti Apollo e le Muse per una grande stanza della sua casa di Tolosa.
Meynier espose il dipinto basato su questo disegno al Salon del 1800 ma alla fine completò solo cinque tele, poiché il suo mecenate rimase senza soldi.
I dipinti furono installati nella sala del castello di Wallenried, in Svizzera, dal generale Castella de Berlens intorno al 1824, dove rimasero fino al 1983.
Il gruppo fu acquistato dal Cleveland Museum of Art nel 2003.

Charles Meynier | Erato, Muse of Lyrical Poetry | Cleveland Museum of Art

Charles Meynier | Apollo, God of Light, Eloquence, Poetry and the Fine Arts with Urania, Muse of Astronomy | Cleveland Museum of Art

Charles Meynier | Apollo and the Muses - Pentyptych at the Cleveland Museum of Art