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Taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot at the American Art Museum in Washington in July 2010.
Cropping and minor adjustments to lighting in PSE 9.
1903 Steinway piano decorated with oil, lacquer and gold leaf on wood.
Lid painting “America Receiving the Nine Muses” by Thomas Wilmer Dewing.
Hoping to initiate a more active musical life at the White House, President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned Steinway to produce this piano originally for the East Room of the White House.
The decorations on the instrument, according to Roosevelt’s wishes, expressed patriotic pride through eagles, garlands and shields and the seals of the first thirteen States.
The lid painting depicts the nine muses of art, music, poetry and learning as a circle of women in colonial revival gowns, paying homage to the seated figure, representing America, the new steward of Western culture.
(sourced from the plaque in the museum)