GENNARI, Benedetto I
(b. 1563, Cento, d. 1658, Cento)

Orpheus Playing His Lyre

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Oil on canvas, 123 x 140 cm
Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, Ill.

The story of Orpheus and his love for Eurydice is recorded in Book X of the Metamorphoses by Ovid. The present painting represents the lonely, love struck Orpheus playing his lyre for the lost Eurydice.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 7 minutes):
Cristoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo, Act I, Orpheus' aria in G Major