Tura became the favoured court artist of the Este family in the late 1450s. He was paid a monthly salary to paint anything from heraldry to fresco cycles. He also designed silverware and tapestries.

He was the foremost painter of a series of pictures of the Muses for a 'studiolo' or study at the Este castle of Belfiore near Ferrara. This picture is thought to be one of the series. It would have been displayed high up in a room, hence the low vanishing-point.

There are a number of pictures by Tura and associated artists which are thought to be part of the set. Underneath the figure, which is painted in oils, is an earlier painting in tempera, of a figure on a throne of organ pipes.

This was probably Euterpe 'discoverer of pipes'. Identifications can be difficult because Tura did not stick closely to his brief. The theme of fertility suggests that the final figure may be Polyhymnia, the muse who discovered the cultivation of the fields.

Product Code NG3070
artist Cosimo Tura
UK Delivery
Delivery within 15 days. More information on delivery
International Delivery
Delivery within 21 days. More information on delivery
We hope that you will love everything you buy from us, however, if you're not completely happy with your order, please contact us within 14 days of receipt. A 20% cancellation fee applies to made-to-order prints. If your order is damaged or faulty, we will arrange a replacement.

More information on Returns & Refunds

A Muse (Calliope?) Print

Cosimo Tura

More information about framed prints

20% Cancellation Fee on Made to Order products

If you decided to cancel your made-to-order print for any reason, it is unlikely that we could sell it to another customer at full selling price. We'll therefore charge a cancellation fee of 20% of the order price.

You might also like