NGV TEMPORARY CLOSURE

Following the latest advice from the Victorian Government, the NGV will temporarily close to the public from Friday 28 May, 2021.

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William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones Poesis c.1880

THE ROYAL SCHOOL OF ART NEEDLEWORK, London (manufacturer)
 William MORRIS (designer)

This monumental embroidery represents the muse of classical epic poetry, Calliope, who is seated with an open book and holding a quill. Her young son Morpheus, god of dreams, is by her side; while another son, Orpheus, god of music, is below playing the lyre. They are surrounded by eight more muses and seven sages, the latter representing the wisdom of mankind.