The Muses - the nine goddesses from Greek mythology
who are responsible for the inspiration of artistic work.
The most famous muses are gender driven.
You read about so many men who had women as their muses.
Gustav Klimt had Emilie Floge
Toulouse Lautrec had the Moulin Rouge dancer, Jane Avril
more recently, Bob Dylan had Suze Rotolo,
who was featured on the cover of his 1963 album "The Freewheelin"
Historically, the MUSE has been used by men
to describe the women that they have been in love with
and made the subject of their work.
But the Muse does not have to be a woman
or even a human being . . .