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Calliope: Muse of Epic Poetry




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Calliope: Muse of Epic Poetry

Pen & ink Fine Art Reproduction


This pen and ink drawing of Calliope is based a statue by Augustin Pajou (1730-1809). He was a winner of the Prix de Rome, a prestigious competition that funds the winner for study in Rome. The statue of Calliope was executed in 1763. It can be found in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.


In Greek mythology, Calliope (Καλλιόπη, Kalliopē meaning “beautiful-voiced”) is the first among the muses, presiding over eloquence and epic poetry. Ovid called her “Chief of all Muses.” She was associated with Apollo. She is the mother of Orpheus, master of the lyre. At the request of Zeus, she adjudicates a dispute between Aphrodite and Persephone over Adonis. Ovid has her defeating the daughters of Pierus, the king of Thessaly, in a singing contest. She then punishes them for their presumption by turning them into magpies.

Calliope is invoked by Virgil in the Aeneid:

Calliope, begin! Ye sacred Nine,
Inspire your poet in his high design,
To sing what slaughter manly Turnus made,
What souls he sent below the Stygian shade,
What fame the soldiers with their captain share,
And the vast circuit of the fatal war;
For you in singing martial facts excel;
You best remember, and alone can tell.
                            Aeneid, 9.525 (translated by Dryden)

About The Artist, Zygmunt Michalski

Zygmunt (Zyggi) Michalski began drawing from a very young age. He majored in art at Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in the world (established in 1364). There, he studied painting and drawing with Krystyna Wróblewska—member of the Polish Academy of Sciences—a well-regarded painter, graphic artist and book designer. Her work and career have appeared in academic books such as Archiwum Sztuki Polskiej XX Wieku and Tom 2 Twórczość Krystyny Wróblewskiej. She herself studied under the famous painter Ludomir Slendzinski. Michalski also studied under Professor Wiktor Zin at the Architecture Department, University of Krakow. Dr. Zin was a widely published author and a designer of many churches internationally and in Poland. He was a well-known TV personality.

Michalski worked with Zin at the Polish Studios for the Conservation of Cultural Property. Michalski is equally adept at pen and ink drawing and oil painting. He can paint in various styles and is particularly interested in historical and surrealistic subject matter. He is also very strong in portraiture. Zygmunt Michalski has executed more than 25 pieces of art for Pro Romanis. You can see some of Zyggi’s other work at