The goddesses of inspiration for science and art are usually seen with Apollo on Mount Helicon as painted by Claude Lorrain in 1680.
Now there are several alternative styles to the same metaphor, presented by Chronicle Books
Dostoevsky’s wife Anna both inspired his work and self-published his work (drawing above right by L Callagha).
Christopher Morcom was Alan Turing’s first love, offering competitive challenges to problems of mathematics and science (the illustrator below is K Negley)
Sophie Dahl was Roald’s mother and told him many of the Norwegian myths he used in his own stories (drawing by J Eckwall, above right).
Others included are Thomas Watson, the assistant to Alexander Bell who had the idea of ringing a bell for an incoming call (drawing by Y Kim, below left).
Gwen John was Auguste Roden’s muse (K Coetzer’s illustration is above right).
Though they are not mentioned in the new volume, some say that politicians have help from their muse.