Copy of Titian’s Orpheus and Eurydice
November 4, 2009 § Leave a comment
This is a copy I made recently of Titian’s Orpheus and Eurydice, originally painted around 1514. The narrative is divided into two parts. On the left Eurydice is bitten by a serpent, which leads to her death. On the advice of the nymphs and the gods, Orpheus then travels to the underworld to retrieve his wife by soothing Hades and Persephone with his music. They agree to let them return together together on the condition that Orpheus leads the way and does not look at her back at her until they are both in the upper world. However, upon reaching the upper world Orpheus looks back at Eurydice, still in the underworld, only to see her vanish for eternity.
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