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Orpheus and Eurydice

Orpheus was a legendary musician, poet and prophet in Greek mythology.

He was the son of Apollo, the God of music and the muse Calliope. Apollo gave Orpheus a golden lyre and taught him to play it. Orpheus mother Calliope taught him to make verses for singing.

The most famous story in which Orpheus figures is that of his wife Eurydice. While walking in tall grass at her wedding, she was trying to escape from a Satyr. She fell into a nest of vipers and suffered a fatal bite on her heel.

overcome with grief, took the advice of the Gods and traveled with her to the underworld.

With his music he softened the hearts of Persephone and Hades (the underworld’s ruler) and they allowed Eurydice to return with him to earth on one condition: he should walk in front of her and not look back until they both had reached the upper world.

He set off, with Eurydice following, but in his anxiety, as soon as he reached the upper world, he turned to look at her, forgetting that both needed to be in the upper world. She vanished for the second time, but now forever.

Painted in 1993 80X100 CM

Reproductions of this painting are available in sizes:

18,3 cm x 23,2 cm framed     35€

35 cm x 44,3 cm plain            60€

68 cm x 89,5 cm plain           185€