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Crispijn de Passe de Oude (ca. 1565 - 1637)

EUTERPE PLAYING THE FLUTE. ca. 1600. Hollstein 408, only state. Engraving, 124 mm (4⁷/8”) in diameter; a circular design, trimmed along or outside the borderlines. A very good impression, printed with plate tone. Plate 6 from a set of nine Muses.

Euterpe is the Muse of music and lyric poetry. She is also the Muse of joy and pleasure and of flute playing and was thought to have invented the double flute, which is her attribute.




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