Monday Apr 26, 2004
A Muse Me, Please
Where is the muse for painters? There isn’t one in the Hellenic Greek model. In ancient Greece, painters and sculptors did not have muses.
Poets, musicians, dancers, and people of the theater did have muses, which reflects the low ranking of artists and sculptors in that world view from antiquity.
The Greek’s felt that the work of a painter of sculptor could not be intuitive or inspired. This misguided view rested on the Greeks’ prejudice against hands that got dirty doing manual work.
While you can dwell on the fickle muses, it is much smarter to trust your intuition.
For artists still feeling left out, the Apostle Luke is the patron saint of Painters.»