|Thalia, Muse of Comedy|
In 1620 Giovanni Baglione made a series of paintings called Apollo and the Muses. Several of those muses are here.
|Terpsichore, Muse of Dance|
|Urania, Muse of Astronomy|
|Clio, Muse of History|
|Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry|
|Erato, Muse of Lyric Poetry|
|Euterpe, Muse of Music|
Baglione painted human bodies as if they were soft toys filled with stuffing. He is remembered today mainly as the cantankerous rival of Caravaggio in the Roman art world of the early 17th century. Baglione wrote the first biography of Caravaggio, and it was not friendly. Better painters by the dozens – by the hundreds – have dropped out of cultural memory altogether, but Giovanni Baglione is remembered.
|Hercules at the Crossroads|
|St Joseph and Angel|
|St John the Baptist Wreathing the Lamb|