Orpheus' music was so beautiful that he could even charm

Orpheus' music was so beautiful that he could even charm

3/1/2021, 4:33:24 PM
Orpheus' music was so beautiful that he could even charm the rocks and branches around him. Orpheus (1893) by Jean Delville shows the disembodied head of the legendary musician, poet, and prophet in Greek mythology. We see the head of Orpheus integrated with his magnificent lyre which he used to charm all living things. There are a few versions about the end of Orpheus' life. In one of them, Orpheus disdained worshipping all the mythological gods (except the sun). This would cost him, and one day, he was ripped to shreds by Thracian Maenads for not obeying the gods. Another story tells that the Thracian women felt rejected by Orpheus (as he was not interested in them). While Orpheus was playing his beautiful music, they threw sticks and stones at him, but they refused to hit him as his music was so mesmerizing. He was eventually torn to pieces by them, but his head and lyre kept on playing the most magnificent mournful songs while they were floating in the water, a scene that inspired this painting. Jean Delville (1867-1953) was a Belgian Symbolist artist who was strongly inspired by the works of Gustave Moreau (of whom I posted a work and a video recently, called The Apparition). Delville further developed the Symbolism art style and also was connected with Rosicrucianism and Theosophy. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #BelgianArt #BelgianArttist #BelgianPainter #Symbolism #Symbolist #Orpheus #GreekMythology #Mythology #Prophet #Poet #Musician #Head #Lyre #Music #Mysterious #Mystery

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