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Charles van Raalte

Italian octave spinet

Description:

Octave spinets were miniature harpsichords used in many private homes in Italy to accompany singing. 

 

The inside of the lid is painted with a scene depicting the Judgement of Paris. In this Greek myth, three goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite - here depicted on the left of the image - claim the golden Apple of Discord for 'the most beautiful'. Zeus - on the throne - does not wish to inspire anger and so chooses Paris to select the most beautiful of the goddesses. In the painting, the goddesses are accompanied by their guide, the winged god Hermes.

Place of Production:
Mantua, Italy
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
RI_DC_0000687
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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