Orfeo ed Euridice by robodesign ()
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Orfeo ed Euridice (English translation: Orpheus and Eurydice) is an opera composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck based on the myth of Orpheus and his wife Eurydice (an oak nymph), set to a libretto by Ranieri de' Calzabigi. This opera was released in 1762. Orpheus was a figure from Thracian mythology born in the Rhodope Mountains of Thrace, king of the Thracian tribe of Cicones.
While fleeing from Aristaeus (son of Apollo), Eurydice ran into a nest of snakes which bit her fatally on her heel. Distraught, Orpheus played such sad songs and sang so mournfully that all the nymphs and gods wept. On their advice, Orpheus traveled to the underworld and by his music softened the hearts of Hades and Persephone, who agreed to allow Eurydice to return with him to earth on one condition: he should walk in front of her and not look back until they both had reached the upper world. In his anxiety. Orpheus forgot that both needed to be in the upper world, and he turned to look at her, and she vanished for the second time, but now forever.
I made this booklet cover for illustrating the last moments of Eurydice. I tried to capture the drama in the last moments of the two characters. This illustration was done for a friend, Tom St. Denis.
On the technical side, I used Cinema 4D with the module Sketch 'n Toon to render the illustration. I also render multiple ambient occlusion passes. Everything was worked in Photoshop.
Image Comments (12)
Roboman28 () 5:08AM | Sun, 25 January 2009
Miserable story but great opera. Your picture encapsulates the story well and would be good on a CD cover.