Dance of the Muses - Item #34
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Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
30 Inches High x 63 Inches Wide
Depicted in this relief is the god of music Apollo seated on a rock and playing his lyre, while the Nine Muses dance around the Three Graces. Thorvaldsen originally created it in 1804 in Montenero at the villa of the Baron von Schubart. The Baron was the Danish ambassador to Naples, and he and his wife were Thorvaldsen's friends and patrons. The sculptor gifted it to the Baroness both for her birthday and in appreciation of the couple's hospitality. Thorvaldsen would continue to work on copies of the piece (as he often did), including in 1816 when he made modifications to some of the heads and added a swan to the foreground (as in this version).
Artist: Bertel Thorvaldsen
Museum: Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen
Time Period: Neoclassical, 1816
"Explore the Collections" feature. Thorvaldsens Museum. Inventory numbers A340, A341, and A705. http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections.
Plon, Eugène. Thorvaldsen: His Life and Works. Boston, 1873. Pp. 33-34, 230. Internet Archive, https://archive.org/details/thorvaldsenhisl00thorgoog.