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Terpsichore: the muse of dancing
Pasteroni (Engraver)
Zucchi, Antonio, 1726-1795 (Artist)

Prints depicting dance


Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1803
Place: London
Publisher: R. Ackermann
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFD Past Ter 1
Muses (Greek deities)
Statement of responsibility: Antoni Zucchi delin., Pasteroni sculp.
Funding: Purchased with funds from the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
Acquisition: Purchase; Golden Legend.
Biographical/historical: The muses were viewed by the ancient Greeks as the source and inspiration of knowledge, particularly in the areas of literature and the arts. Their history is complicated and even their numbers vary from three to nine. Hesiod's Theogony, written ca. 700 B.C., states that they were the daughters of Zeus, the ruler of the Olympian gods, and Mnemosyne (Memory). The god Apollo is sometimes said to be their leader, hence his title Apollo Musagetes (Apollo, leader of the muses). In George Balanchine's ballet Apollo (originally titled Apollon musagète; 1928), Terpsichore and her sister muses Calliope (lyric poetry) and Polyhymnia (mime) demonstrate their particular arts before the god, but only Terpsichore pleases him with the perfection of her dancing.
Biographical/historical: Antonio Zucchi, born in Venice, belonged to a family of artists. His paintings included altarpieces and frescoes, and he worked for a time in London, where he married artist Angelica Kauffman, whose predilection for neoclassical scenes may have influenced this drawing. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1784.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : stipple engraving, b&w ; 34 x 24 cm.
An early 19th-century interpretation, drawn by Antonio Zucchi and engraved by Pasteroni, of Terpsichore, the muse of choral dance and song in ancient Greek mythology. She is depicted here with her emblem, a somewhat miniaturized lyre.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 759597032
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19378345
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7dd76760-fd7f-0132-45cb-58d385a7bbd0
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1803: Issued
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Terpsichore" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1803. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/516486c0-024b-0133-4701-58d385a7bbd0

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Terpsichore" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 22, 2024. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/516486c0-024b-0133-4701-58d385a7bbd0

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1803). Terpsichore Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/516486c0-024b-0133-4701-58d385a7bbd0

Wikipedia Citation

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