Painting representing the mythological scene in which " Orpheus enchants animals to the sound of his violin "
Flemish school of the 16th century
Workshop of Frans POURBUS the Elder (Bruges, 1545/1546 - Antwerp, 1581)
oil on panel, 77 x 100 cm, framed 90 x 113
All photographic details (link): https://www.antichitacastelbarco.it/it/prodotto/-orfeo-incanta-gli-animali-con-la-musica
The painting in question, which draws the literary bases of Ovid's Metamorphoses (book XI, v. 1-2), constitutes one of the rarest and most appreciated mythological representations of the legend of Orpheus which, with the enchanting power of his violin, soothes the animals they listen to, delighted with his mastery.
The classic theme of the mythical Orpheus capable of enchanting fairs with his music has spread widely in the Flemish context, offering the starting point for the representation of paradisiacal landscapes populated by the most diverse animal species.
One of the frequent interpreters of this subject was Jan Bruegel the Elder, from whom our work seems to draw many elements. Among the artists who must have been inspired by the great master, we find the Flemish Frans Pourbus the Elder (Bruges, 1545 - Antwerp, 1581) to whom we feel that we are approaching his work.
With his son, Frans Pourbus the Younger (Antwerp 1569 - Paris 1622), he opened a successful boutique specializing in high-quality portraiture, a genre that already made them famous in the 16th century in Antwerp.
His production of works with a religious or mythological theme, such as that proposed, although less known, is very pleasant. It can easily be compared to two Pourbus tables with the same subject, one in the Pitchal collection, Paris (https://rkd.nl/nl/explore/images/record?filters%5Bkunstenaar%5D=Pourbus%2C+Frans+% 28I% 29 & query = & start = 15), and the other kept at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence.
During the Renaissance, there are many representations of Orpheus who, pierced by the pain of the loss of his beloved Eurydice, transforms his suffering into celestial music, capable of enchanting animals and gathering around him , in a peaceful coexistence, predators and prey.
Orphic allegories represent the power of harmony to elevate creation, from its condition of imperfection, to make it aim for perfection in the universe of celestial spheres. The music of Orpheus is a symbol of man's ability to seek improvement and of the possibility of creating the cosmic order from earthly imperfection.
It goes without saying that this is a subject of great charm that would lend itself to a thematic study.
The table, which is in excellent condition.
Orpheus charming animals, Flemish school, 16th century
Dimensions : 90 x 113 cm
Number of copies : 1
Delivery time : 1 week
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