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Orpheus Leading Eurydice Out Of Hell, Looks Back Upon Her, And Loses Her Forever

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Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:Orpheus Leading Eurydice Out Of Hell, Looks Back Upon Her, And Loses Her Forever
Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:Orpheus Leading Eurydice Out Of Hell, Looks Back Upon Her, And Loses Her Forever
Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:Orpheus Leading Eurydice Out Of Hell, Looks Back Upon Her, And Loses Her Forever
Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:Orpheus Leading Eurydice Out Of Hell, Looks Back Upon Her, And Loses Her Forever
Orpheus Leading Eurydice Out Of Hell, Looks Back Upon Her, And Loses Her Forever
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  • Artist / Collection: Bernard Picart
  • Product Code: FRP33905
US$195.00

Orpheus Leading Eurydice Out Of Hell, Looks Back Upon Her, And Loses Her Forever

48.5 x 32 cm (19.1 x 12.6 inches).
Orpheus Leading Eurydice Out Of Hell, Looks Back Upon Her, And Loses Her Forever
This spectacular baroque engraving is from Bernard Picart's Le Temple Des Muses.
The engraving was made in 1733, is from the first edition and is an original antique. It has captions in French, English, German, and Dutch.
It is in very good condition for its age.
In Greek and Roman mythology, Orpheus was a musician, poet and prophet. He travelled with Jason and the Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece. He descended into the Underworld of Hades to rescue his lost wife, Eurydice. His music enchanted Hades. He agreed to allow Eurydice to return with him to earth on one condition: he should walk in front of her and not look back until they both reached the upper world. However, as soon as Orpheus reached the upper world, he looked back. As Eurydice had not fully crossed into the upper world, she vanished forever. The myth gives rise to the saying "don't look back". Bernard Picart's engraving has some terrific details. Medusa and harpies are in the bottom border, symbolising the dark underworld. The top border contains bounties of the earth such as fruit and seashells. The scene includes Cerberus the three headed dog that guards the underworld.

Style
Date Made1700s
Paper Size~19.1 x 12.6 inches (48.5 x 32 cm)
ShapePortrait
Main ColorBlack/White
Size Category41 to 50 cm [16 to 20 inches]