C. Griffith Mann Deputy Director and Chief Curator
Johann Kellerthaler (German, c 1560/2-1611)
pen and black ink and brown wash heightened with white gouache, Sheet: 19.1 x 15 cm (7 1/2 x 5 7/8 in.). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2012.98
In this visual allegory of poetry, Apollo holds his attribute, the kithara, a stringed instrument used in the recitation of epic poems. Erato, the Muse of lyric poetry, appears with a lute and tambourine at her feet. Lyric poetry typically expresses an idea or emotion, such as love, through short, musical, and rhythmic verse. Kellerthaler lived in Dresden, where he regularly worked for members of the Saxon court as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, and goldsmith.
CMA, "Treasures on Paper from the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art" (Mar. 9, 2014-Jun. 8, 2014)The Cleveland Museum of Art (1/25/2015 - 5/17/2015); "Themes and Variations: Musical Drawings and Prints"The Cleveland Museum of Art (08/26/2017-12/31/2017): “Gods and Heroes: Ancient Legends in Renaissance Art”
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