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Orpheus and Eurydice


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(Music: Daemonia Nymphe - The bells of Acheron)

Orpheus was a musician, poet in Greek mythology. Orpheus and Eurydice get married, but later that night, Eurydice is bit by a snake and dies. Overcome with grief, Orpheus travels to the Underworld to bring her back to life. He convinces Hades and Persephone to let Eurydice go, but her release comes with a catch: Eurydice must walk behind him as they ascend to the upper world, and Orpheus is forbidden from looking at her.
Unfortunately, Orpheus is overcome with passion just as they reach the exit. He turns to look at Eurydice and she is immediately sent back to the Underworld – forever. Orpheus is devastated and roams around Greece playing sad songs. During the end of his life, he worshiped no gods except the sun. One day, he went to pay tribute to the sun near the oracle of Dionysus, where he was caught by the Maenads, and was killed for being an infidel to the god Dionysus (patron of the arts)

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KHUndertaleFan25's avatar

This one hits me in the heart. If only Orpheus had waited just a few moments more before turning around…

You had one Job, Orpheus. ONE JOB!

Saw the picture and thought: 1. Greek=tragedy and 2. Orpheus and Eurydice

clicked on picture and saw the lyre in the background, thought: so Orpheus and Eurydice

See the title, thought: CALLED IT

the-toasty-arts's avatar
Amazing! The hands look so creepy :o
HerosLegend's avatar
daria102205's avatar

This is awesome! :clap: :love:

Ydrisse's avatar

My favourite myth :love:

"especially do not turn around from this place."

"but, how do I do if everything is upside down ? "

"Yes, the laws of physics and staging do not apply here" ^^ :D
what did he tell you? don't turn around! what did you do? you turned around!!
gah! also Dionysus was the god of wine and drunkenness...
wonderful picture!!
Miguel-Higueras-Art's avatar
amazing drawing and great history.
Bengaltigeress's avatar
Thank you for the story!
IamNoOneSpecial1's avatar
I still don't get why Orpheus didn't use his head to defeat the catch... why didn't he blindfold himself?

I remember a story about three siblings, two brothers and one sister. They all had to pass through a cursed mountain pass. The catch was that there were voices you mustn't listen to, if you turned to see who was calling to you would be turned to stone or something. All three received the warning before hand, they all knew the risk. The eldest brother went first. He heard the whispers, turned and failed. The second brother ended up failing the same way. The sister however hearing what would happen to her if she heard the whispers and turned decided to to go into the mountain pass with her ears plugged! She made it through!

Why didn't Orpheus do something like that as well?!

It's Greek stories like this why I like Odysseus so much! 
IrenHorrors's avatar
The point is passion. Orpheus is representing the power of art, but at the same time, the inability to hold on his love has turned Orpheus into a symbol of human weakness, which is leading us to failure at the moment of the passage of the fateful threshold, a reminder of the tragic side of life. Also, in the version that I remember from childhood, Orpheus turned around, because while he was rising from the Underworld, he began to doubt whether Eurydice’s soul was following him, because he did not hear any sound ... And the point in this version is disbelief, he thought that he was cheated by Hades. But you're right, it is still somehow unconvincing.
IamNoOneSpecial1's avatar
Okay... the whole thing about doubting whether Eurydice was really following him since he didn't hear her makes sense... and thinking that maybe Hades had cheated him... makes also sense...

But again, those could have been easily solved with a little thinking: 

The thing with Eurydice; simply hold unto hand the whole time. Or asking once in a while: "Eurydice are you still with me? Tap me if you are." Or something like that.

The thing with Hades... there was also a simple way to fix that: Have Hades swear to do it in the name of the river Styx... or something like that. I remember that there was a certain promise that once invoked even the gods couldn't break. If my memory doesn't fail me, they had to swear to the river Styx. I remember Zeus promising in this manner Semele to do whatever she wanted him to do (didn't end well for her...) Calypso also made such a promise to Odysseus; and she really kept her word. 
FactionParadox's avatar
Greek Tragedy defines Tragedy.  Want to read something so damned depressing where mortal men and women are hurt or killed or turned to stone or face a snake-headed monster?!  Then Greek Tragedies are what you must read.  Also, they have a very old world view of woman and their traditional roles which will get most SJW pissed at you if they catch you reading any of the Tragedies.  Hey, just because I am reading some texts older than dirt doesn't mean I agree with how people are portrayed or treated in the texts.  Take up all your complaints with the people who wrote them and then died like over 7,000 years ago.
And the Roman versions are even more misogynistic! (That said, I'm pretty sure that number is at least twice as high as it's supposed to be)
Said it before and I'll say it again...Greek gods/goddesses are jerks.
Funnily enough, Hades is the least assholish. He only screws around with mortals either by accident (Persephone) or those who go out of their way to seek it out (for all the audience sympathy, Orpheus was still basically asking him to stop doing his one job, and the other example I vaguely remember were even bigger jerks)
I agree. Yet modern media always makes him the "bad guy". I guess 'cause death is creepy...which it is, but it's also inevitable, so we all got to get used to it some time.

That wouldn't be the time Heracles barged into the Underworld, beat up everyone who got in his way including Cerberus (a second time), and brought that one guy's wife out, would it?
Actually, I'm pretty sure it's Satan's fault. (Never mind that the biblical basis of the character and everything to do with him basically doesn't exist)

You underestimate how vaguely I remember it. I genuinely don't know, and don't care enough to look it up.
TomboyJessie13's avatar
Oh yeah I remember this legend
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