MELLER, Peter

Description

Risum Teneatis Amici?
This image illustrates a line from another poem by Horace, the Ars Poetica (Art of Poetry). In order to indicate the importance of having all the parts of a poem relate to one another in an appropriate way, Horace begins with a rhetorical question: if he were a painter and were to produce a picture of a creature with the head of a woman and the body and tail of a fish, would you be able to restrain your laughter, my friends? (risum teneatis amici?) Meller reinforces the lesson Horace intended to offer, but also demonstrates a certain sympathy with the inept painter who is the object of the poets ridicule.

Creator

Meller, Peter
b. Hungary, 1928-2008

Source

Incoming loan, courtesy John Moore

Identifier

IL2012.007.061

Citation

Meller, Peter and b. Hungary, 1928-2008, “MELLER, Peter,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed September 30, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/7451.