Orpheus Charming the Animals, a Study in Pen and Ink

French School

Circa 1650

Pen, grey and black ink with grey wash over black chalk on velum.

This entrancing scene of Orpheus charming the animals with his music is based on the myth from Ovid’s ‘Metamorphosis’. He is seen seated in a glade dressed in classical drapery with a laurel wreath on his head holding an early representation of a modern violin and surrounded by domestic, forest, exotic and mythological beasts.

height 27.5 cm width 22.5 cm (10.5 x 9 in)

Ian Woodner Collection  WD=510-
The sale of his collection at Christie’s 2 July 1991, Lot 150

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