Charles Ricketts Orpheus and Eurydice c.1905–7

Artwork details

Artist
Charles Ricketts 1866–1931
Title
Orpheus and Eurydice
Date c.1905–7
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 337 x 241 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Francis Howard through the National Loan Exhibitions Committee 1914
Reference
N03005
Not on display

Display caption

According to Greek mythology, Orpheus, the son of Apollo, rescued his wife Eurydice from death on condition that he did not look at her as she escaped. Inevitably he turned towards her and they kissed. Ricketts captures this passionate moment before Eurydice vanishes and Orpheus is left isolated and alone. The image thus concerns the slavery of attraction, as well as the temptation that Woman represented.

February 2004

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