Description of the artwork «Orpheus»
Orpheus is a poet of the pre-Homeric era, a mythical person; according to legend he was the son of Eagra and Kalliopa, lived in Thrace and participated in the campaign of the Argonauts. He sang and played so well on the lyre he received from Apollo, which pacified the wild beasts and set in motion trees and rocks. He married the nymph Eurydice, who died, bitten by a snake. Orpheus descended into hell after his wife, where with his singing he stopped the suffering of the deceased. Hades allowed him to take Eurydice to the ground, but on condition that he did not look back at her until they left the realm of shadows. But Orpheus could not resist, looked at Eurydice before it was allowed, and she had to stay in the underworld. Grieved Orpheus began after that to express contempt for all women.