Concert of Apollo and the Muses on Mount Helicon

Maertan Van Heemskerck1565

Chrysler Museum of Art

Chrysler Museum of Art

For humanists like Maerten van Heemskerck, the ancient god of music Apollo and his nine companions embodied the ennobling power of music and its sister arts. Yet, while High Renaissance artists like Raphael envisioned their mythic gatherings as a tightly ordered frieze of stately figures, the Mannerist artist Heemskerck interpreted it as a playful park scene brimming with anecdotal details. Even Apollo, the supposed maestro, is pushed to the middle distance, far behind the tiny attendant pumping the organ.


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  • Title: Concert of Apollo and the Muses on Mount Helicon
  • Creator: Maertan Van Heemskerck
  • Date Created: 1565
  • Provenance: Mr. Benjamin Guinness, Schloss Marchligen, 1943; Dr. Fischer, Lucerne, Switzerland; Dr. Frederick Mont, New York, 1954; Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.; Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. to the Chrysler Museum, 1971.
  • Physical Dimensions: 40 3/4 x 51 1/4 in. (103.5 x 130.2 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on panel


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