A 19th-century copy after the original in the Museo del Prado, Madrid (see S. Koslow, Snyders, Antwerp 1995, p. 209, reproduced).
Orpheus, was the son of Calliope (meaning 'beautiful voiced', who was the muse of epic poetry) and the King of Thrace (or Apollo in other sources). He was the inventor of the lyre and with his sublime music he was able to charm the elements, the beasts of the earth, and birds of the sky, and even the Gods themselves.
Through his music he even moved the cold heart of Pluto prompting him to release Orpheus's wife Eurydice from Hades. The one condition being that Orpheus did not look at her before they had returned to the light of day. Orpheus, breaking this agreement and looking back towards her, Leading to Eurydice being forced to return to the underworld. His grief was so strong he spurned other women, preferring only to love young youths and was to meet his demise by being torn limb from limb by the scorned women of Thrace.
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