Arion on the Dolphin
François Boucher (French; 1703–1770)
Oil on canvas
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey

  Then was there heard a most celestial sound
  Of dainty music which did next ensue,
  And, on the floating waters as enthroned,
  Arion with his harp unto him drew
  The ears and hearts of all that goodly crew;
  Even when as yet the dolphin which him bore
  Through the Aegean Seas from pirates’ view,
  Stood still, by him astonished at his lore,
And all the raging seas for joy forgot to roar.

(Sir Edmund Spenser, The Fairie Queene, Book the Fourth)