Orpheus Returning from the Underworld

Tobias Verhaecht

Orpheus Returning from the Underworld
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 31cm x 22cm

Description

In Greek mythology, Orpheus was a musician. When his wife Eurydice died, Orpheus went to the Underworld to bring her back. Hades, the ruler of the Underworld, initially refused to allow Eurydice to return, but Orpheus' lyre playing was so beautiful that he relented on the condition that on the journey back, Orpheus did not look behind him. At the last moment, Orpheus glanced back to catch a glimpse of his wife, and here we see her being snatched back into the Underworld.

Image Details

Artist
 
Dimensions
 
320mm x 450mmm
Medium
 
Oil on wood panel.
Acquisition
 
Bequeathed by Charles Woolley, 1960.
Accession Number
 
1960P60

© Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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