STATI, Cristoforo
(b. 1556, Bracciano, d. 1619, Roma)


Marble, height 196 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This statue was made for Jacopo di Giovanni Corsi (died 1602). the renowned composer and patron of music. Corsi purchased a house on the Via del Parione in Florence in 1593, and here an early recital of the opera Euridice by Jacopo Peri took place under the direction of Corsi. It is the likely site for which Orpheus was originally commissioned.

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