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MUSES MELPOMENE, ERATO, AND POLYMNIE ARE AMUSING
"Melpomene, Erato and Polymnie", 1652 Eustache Le Sueur (1616-1655) Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Melpomene does not represent here tragedy as per Virgil; instead, it stands for song and music as per Horace. Erato represents love and poetry and plays the viola. Polymnie represents lyric poetry and holds a book.