Orpheus Returning from the Underworld

Tobias Verhaecht

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


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

320mm x 450mmm
Oil on wood panel.
Bequeathed by Charles Woolley, 1960.
Accession Number

© Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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