Portrait of a Woman (Beatrice d’Este), Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis, ca. 1490
↳mythology meme | [2/6] nymphs or muses – Melpomene
Melpomene was one of the nine Mousai (Muses), the goddesses of music, song and dance. In Classical times, when the Mousai were assigned specific artistic and literary spheres, Melpomene was named Muse of tragedy. In this guise she was portrayed holding a tragic mask or sword, and sometimes wearing a wreath of ivy and cothurnus boots.