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        The Nightingale's Lesson, 1805

        Runge, Philipp Otto (1777-1810). Medium: oil on canvas. Date: 1805. Based on Klopstock's ode, 'The Nightingale's Lesson'; nightingale, in the shape of Psyche, teaches the winged child Amor to play the flute; psyche has features of artist's wife; in the frame, cupids sprout from a lily and rose; symbols of celestial and earthly love; at the top a cupid plays a lyre; love and art are united; Provenance: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany. Photographic rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.

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