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Urania, Astronomiens muse CC0
Bertel Thorvaldsen
: Bertel (Albert, Alberto) Thorvaldsen
: 19.11.1770
: 24.03.1844
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Urania, Muse of Astronomy, c. 1836

Plaster. 64 cm diameter
Inventory number: A335

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Urania, Muse of Astronomy, is recognised by the globe and dividers and by the way in which she is looking upwards. According to Greek mythology, the nine muses, the goddesses of music, poetry and subsequently also other intellectual pursuits such as art in its broadest sense, history, philosophy and astronomy were born on Olympus as the daughters of Jupiter and Mnemosyne, and there entertaining the other gods. Meanwhile, they also revealed themselves to human beings, who attributed them with omniscience and a supernatural but strange ability to inspire. The words music and museum are derived from the word muse.