Erato, Muse of Poetry. Edward John Poynter (1836-1919). Watercolour. Bridgeman Art Library
Erato was one of the nine Mousai (Muses), the goddesses of music, song and dance. Her name means “the lovely” or “beloved” from the Greek word eratos. In Classical times, when the Muses were assigned specific artistic spheres, she was named Muse of erotic poetry and mimic imitation and represented holding a lyre.
Erato, the Muse of lyric poetry… Well, more like love and erotic poetry ;)
She is one of the loveliest Muses, and a usual companion of Eros (and vice versa), as their names share the same Greek word for “love”. She’s usually described as having a crown made of myrtle and roses, holding a lyre and a golden arrow, surrounded by doves and music… You know, the usual fluffy stuff ^_^
Thalia and Erato, Muses of Comedy (c.1680). Louis de Boullogne the Younger (French, 1654-1733). Oil on canvas. Musée National du Château de Fontainebleau.
Thalia, who holds up a comic mask, is the Muse who presides over comedy and idyllic poetry. In this context her name means “flourishing”, because the praises in her songs flourish through time. Erato, who plays a cithara, an ancient Greek musical instrument in the lyre family, is the Muse of lyric poetry, especially love and erotic poetry.
In Greek mythology, Erato is one of the Greek Muses. The name would mean “desired” or “lovely”, if derived from the same root as Eros, as Apollonius of Rhodes playfully suggested in the invocation to Erato that begins Book III of his Argonautica.
Erato is the Muse of lyric poetry, especially romantic and erotic poetry. In the Orphic hymn to the Muses, it is Erato who charms the sight.
Greek Mythology:The Nine Muses- Erato: Muse of Love Poetry
Erato is the Muse of lyric poetry, especially love and erotic poetry. In the Orphic hymn to the Muses, it is Erato who charms the sight. Since the Renaissance she is often shown with a wreath of myrtle and roses, holding a lyre, or a small kithara, a musical instrument that Apollo or she herself invented.[x]
Erato (2008-2009). Helene Knoop (Norwegian, b.1979). Oil on canvas.
Knoop has studied under Odd Nerdrum and became part of the renowned “Nerdrum School” where philosophical ideas are as equally important as the handcraft. She is a painter who values sincerity and handcraft above irony and originality. And her paintings are for everyone and for eternity.