Allegory of the Arts (c.1747–1750). Francesco de Mura (Italian, 1696–1784). Oil on canvas. Louvre Museum. De Mura succeeded in expressing with great skill the refined and elusive intimacy of contemporary Neapolitan society. His vast quantity of work shows his constant preference for a subtle and intimate manner, both worldly and elegant, which eschews heroics and subtly conveys the most delicate emotions.