Constant Nieuwenhuys-Orpheus III, 1988
Tom Haartsen

Orpheus [III]

1988
126,0cm
x 130,0cm
linen
oil paint
Collection Fondation Constant longterm loan to Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, NL

Orpheus (/ˈɔrfiəs, ˈɔrfjuːs/; Greek: Ὀρφεύς) was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth. The major stories about him are centered on his ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music, his attempt to retrieve his wife, Eurydice, from the underworld, and his death at the hands of those who could not hear his divine music. As an archetype of the inspired singer, Orpheus is one of the most significant figures in the reception of classical mythology in Western culture, portrayed or alluded to in countless forms of art and popular culture including poetry, film, opera, and painting.

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