- Roelandt Savery
- Orpheus playing the lyre to the animals, a moment before his death at the hands of the Thracian Maenads
- signed and dated lower left: ROELANDT/ SAVERY/ 1618
- oil on oak panel
Private Collection, Milan.
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Savery was attracted to this subject: he painted no less than 25 treatments of it between 1617 and 1628. By 1616 Savery was in Amsterdam, following some peripatetic years after his employment in Rudolfine Prague came to an end. He finally settled in Utrecht in 1619, the year after he painted this work.
1. S. Ferino-Pagden, et al., Die Gemäldegalerie des Kunsthistorischen Museums in Wien, Verzeichnis der Gemälde, Vienna 1991, p. 109, reproduced pl. 384.
2. K.J. Müllenmeister, Roelant Savery, Freren 1988, p. 296, cat. no. 210.