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Orpheus and the Animals
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Thulden, Theodoor Van; Snyders, Frans
Orpheus and the Animals
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Thulden, Theodoor Van; Snyders, Frans

This scene is inspired by a passage from the Metamorphoses by the Roman poet Ovid. Orpheus, the mythological Greek musician and poet, sung and played the lyre so sublimely that all the animals, even the fiercest, came up close to listen to him. In another episode from Orpheus’s life he made use of music to try to rescue his wife Eurydice from the Underworld. From Antiquity to the present day that

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