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Muses

The muses were nine sister goddesses who in ancient Greece were credited with the inspiration for learning and the arts. They include muses of history, comedy, tragedy, music and dancing: Clio, Thalia, Melpomene, Euterpe and Terpsichore, respectively. Cosimo Tura's 'Allegorical Figure' is likely to have been intended as one of them.

An appeal to a muse would be to a specific muse, rather than for general inspiration. By extension a museum is a place where objects pertaining to the arts and learning are kept.
 
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