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Orpheus, Eurydice and Aristaeus

Jacopo del Sellaio (in 1475 - 1480)

On the left of Sellaio's painting, we see how Orpheus receives the news of Eurydice's death. Centrally in the foreground, Eurydice, who is fleeing from Aristaios, is being bitten by the snake. At the far right of the painting, she is taken off to the underworld by two demons. These are depicted as figures with the legs of birds and horns on their heads.


Title Orpheus, Eurydice and Aristaeus
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type Cassone painting
Location This object is on view in room 34
Dimensions (general) Width : 175 cm
Height : 60 cm
Makers Painter: Jacopo del Sellaio
Accession number 2563 (OK)
Credits Verworven met de verzameling van / Acquired with the collection of: D.G. van Beuningen 1958
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Age maker Between 34 and 39 years old
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
Alles kids (2016)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Pittura da Camera (2010)
Material Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Cassone painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Italy > Southern Europe > Europe

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Jacopo del Sellaio

Florence 1441/1442 - Florence 1493

Little is known about the life of Jacopo del Sellaio, son of a saddle maker (sellaio), but from Giorgio Vasari's 'Lives' (1550) we know that he was a pupil of F..