A reproduction of Jean Corot’s “Orpheus Leading Eurydice from the Underworld”, 1861. This nineteenth century Romantic artist probably most closely adhered to French Classicism in his work. He was a kind and generous man who died in 1875 at the age of seventy-nine years.
In this work, Corot is depicting the Greek legend of Orpheus leading his beloved Erydice from Hades. This captured moment is just prior to the moment when Orpheus turns back to gaze on Eurydice. This broke his pledge to the Lord of the Underworld and his beloved faded from sight, never to be seen by moral eyes again.