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Orpheus and Eurydice by GENZOMAN Orpheus and Eurydice by GENZOMAN
It´s been a time without mythological images, so here goes the greek tale of Oprheus:

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Orpheus (/ˈɔːrfiəs, ˈɔːrfjuːs/; Greek: Ὀρφεύς) was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth. The major stories about him are centered on his ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music.

The most famous story in which Orpheus figures is that of his wife Eurydice (sometimes referred to as Euridice and also known as Argiope): Eurydice and Orpheus were young and in love. So deep was their love that they were practically inseparable. So dependent was their love that each felt they could not live without the other. These young lovers were very happy and spent their time frolicking through the meadows. One day, while walking among her people, the Cicones, in tall grass at her wedding, Eurydice was set upon by a satyr. In her efforts to escape the satyr, Eurydice fell into a nest of vipers and suffered a fatal bite on her heel. . The poison of the sting killed her and she descended to Hades immediately.

Orpheus was son of the great Olympian god Apollo. In many ways Apollo was the god of music and Orpheus was blessed with musical talents. Orpheus was so sad about the loss of his love that he composed music to express the terrible emptiness which pervaded his every breath and movement. He was so desperate and found so little else meaningful, that he decided address Hades. As the overseer of the underworld, Hades heart had to be hard as steel, and so it was. Many approached Hades to beg for loved ones back and as many times were refused. But Orpheus' music was so sweet and so moving that it softened the steel hearted heart of Hades himself. Hades gave permission to Orpheus to bring Eurydice back to the surface of the earth to enjoy the light of day. There was only one condition--Orpheus was not to look back as he ascended. He was to trust that Eurydice was immediately behind him. It was a long way back up and just as Orpheus had almost finished that last part of the trek, he looked behind him to make sure Eurydice was still with him. At that very moment, she was snatched back because he did not trust that she was there. When you hear music which mourns lost love, it is Orpheus' spirit who guides the hand of the musicians who play it.

Plato's representation of Orpheus is that of a coward, as instead of choosing to die in order to be with the one he loved, he instead mocked the gods by trying to go to Hades to bring her back alive. Since his love was not "true"—he did not want to die for love—he was actually punished by the gods, first by giving him only the apparition of his former wife in the underworld, and then by being killed by women.


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GaloCuevas Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always thought about Orpheus as a wimpy sensitive guy.
You made me change my opinion.
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tmastered Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
fantastic.
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GoToHellDAMods Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016
Wow...Hades is a colossal dick...:(
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TheAsorlinsStrike Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
No he's just good at his job. Hades kidnapped one woman and did what his job tells him to do. Unlike the other gods. Zeus keep it in the toga.
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GoToHellDAMods Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017
Eh, I stand by my statement.
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nightskylies Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016
this is nice.. their contrasts reminded me of a myth from my country (Philippines) of Sidapa the dark god of death, handsome, tall and robust who took the boy bulan who was short lithe and pale and was so comely that the beast, mermaids and fishes became docile upon seeing his lovely face 
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Snowdog-zic Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
Nice.
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Zaradamus Featured By Owner May 20, 2016
Very dramatic. Excellent.
Bueno travajo !!!^^
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LaurenKitsune Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sweet!
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Zousha Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Hrmph.  Plato didn't have good opinions on ANYONE except Socrates... Unimpressed 
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mandog10011 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent work!
I love your colours and style!
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Fire-Link Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
Great work. How's things going?
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Nall608 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016
:( (Sad) That was a sad tale. I wish that Orpheus had actually listened. 
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TheAngelDragon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good contrast of orange and blue. Amazing stuff as always.
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Shocktowerarts Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What I like about your work is that you take inspiration from mythology and turn it into kick ass art!
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superhermit Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive work
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Allmanette Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016
Awesome! :love:
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grisador Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016
Epic work as always :)
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StarDragon77 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016
This story always so sad, don't you think?
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ShainadeAries Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Great and amazing job *O*
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DrSane1984 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016
Amazing, an awesome interpretation of the Orpheus and Eurydice I've ever seen! This begs to become a comic book! 

Well done!
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vanBlood Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
Excellent
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EmperorKarino Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
looks amazing.
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EmiyaForjadeHierro Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016
Wow, amo esta historia, es una de mis preferidas de la mitología griega, en especial por todo el tema de un héroe que utiliza el arte de la música para entrar y salir del propio inframundo, habían muy pocas historias de ese tipo. Me encanta como los dibujaste, Orpheus se ve como todo un poeta y músico y Eurydice se aprecia fantasmagórica. Buen detalle el del farol encadenado al harpa.
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writer6886 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016
I always hated that story.
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PatchworkJunkie Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwh that is such a sad story. Lovely artwork though. ; u ;
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TswordZ Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous work!
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Rallyguy33 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016
Love it! Don't look back! Don't do it!
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Forsaken2104 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016
Whoa, looks amazing :)
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:iconfatpigridingaboar:
Can we see Orpheus Telos next? Maybe Messiah next? Awesomeface smiley 
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JS2080 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Excellent!!
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assassins-creed1999 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
I'd be cool to see Poseidon and his queen or Hades and Persephone 
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MyrvanaMiseria Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful l artwork. inspiring as always 
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bhut Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
One of the classical love stories!
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grim-puppet-demon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
dont look back
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:iconthedorkknightreturns:
Nice. :)
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:iconprimordialnothingnes:
A very fine example of a tragic love
Fitting design of both characters
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Madgahst Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Very nice ! :)
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Spynmaster Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Read about this. Actually played a newgrounds game based on it(or something like it). Tragic tale. Nice rendering of it.
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TheGeekySqueaker Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
AH, I love it when people draw mythical depictions.  This is fantastic!
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AsgrBlagovest Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
amazigng as aways awesome style and i very much love the hole concept gj again. :)
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Nomingzombie Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Awesome framing great job .
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binkibonsai Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
oh man i remember that story; it was like "soooo close... No you idiot, don't look ba- Ah, fuck!"
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KeinZantezuken Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Dem curves
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furtiveartist Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This is epic.

I wonder if Orpheus guided the composition of "Don't Look Back" by the band Boston? (Heh.)
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animenotaizai Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, nice! ^^
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JuniorAL Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
i love your mythological drawings
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Divinewolf7 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
He could literally charm stones. Someone go to the underworld and bring him back, I want to hear him play.
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Persian7 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job !!
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Ruzakii Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME
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