Inkstand with Apollo and the Muses

Workshop of the Patanazzi family Italian
Probably after Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 503

This extravagant desk set celebrates the art of poetry while providing a writer with storage for the tools of his craft. The exterior decorations evoke ancient Roman art and honor the divine sources of creativity. Gods and muses perch beside famous poets atop an elaborate confection of drawers and removable containers, including inkwells and a sand-shaker (for drying fresh text). Inside, the compartments are decorated with images denoting their contents, such as scissors and quills.

Inkstand with Apollo and the Muses, Workshop of the Patanazzi family (Italian, active ca. 1580–1620), Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), Italian, Urbino

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