Description 2003 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved ~~ Study of the bust of Orpheus; part of a larger piece of statuary.
Orpheus is Greek mythology's premier poet and musician, the mortal son of the Muse Calliope. It was said his music was so beautiful it caused trees and stones to move. He was also also one of the Argonauts. It was his music that saved the ship from crashing into the Sirens' deadly rocks.
Orpheus was married to Eurydice and devoted to her. When she was bitten by a poisonous snake and died, Orpheus descended into the Underworld to retrieve her. His music so charmed Hades that he allowed Eurydice to be taken back to the living, with one stipulation: Orpheus must not look back at her while leading her above-ground.
Alas, just before ascending into the realm of mortals, Orpheus forgot the stricture. Glancing over his shoulder, he saw his beloved Eurydice slipping back down into the darkness of the realm of the dead.
Orpheus was so desolated he avoided all women and generally lived apart from other people. He was attacked and killed as he sat under a tree, singing, by the Maenads.
RC DeWinter, Fairfield, CT Member Since December 2008 Artist StatementHello and welcome to my portfolio on Imagekind. Here's a bit about me:
RC deWinter is a Connecticut writer/digital artist whose artwork has been published in many print and online journals, including, among others, The American Muse, Fine Art Photography, Poetry Nook, 2River View, Pink Panther, Official Feature Online Entertainment Magazine, Garden Tripod and also used as set décor on ABC-TV’s “Desperate Housewives." In 2013 Ms. deWinter she was one of six finalists for a Shorty Award, the national social media awards, in art. Ms. deWinter is honored to be the first digital artist invited to exhibit at the Arts of Tolland Gallery in Connecticut. Her 4-week solo exhibition was an unqualified success. Her poetry publication credits include The New York Times, Uno: A Poetry Anthology, 2River View, Another Sun, Pink Panther Magazine, Pilcrow & Dagger, Plum Ruby Review, Poetry Life and Times and numerous other print/online publications. If you enjoy my work, please spread the word, and thank you for stopping by.