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Orpheus und die Tiere

Orpheus and the Animals

legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth
Artur Volkmann

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Marble relief showing Orpheus playing a lyre, while a camel, a deer, a lioness and an ostrich are listening. This scene is inspired by a passage from the Metamorphoses by Ovid. Orpheus sung and played the lyre so sublimely that all the animals, even the fiercest, came up close to listen to him.
It is made by Volkmann in 1903 for the World's Fair in St. Louis, 1904.


A. Volkmann, Rom 1903.



  • Country: Germany
  • Camel
  • Deer
  • Lion
  • Lyre
  • Musician
  • Orpheus
  • Ostrich
  • Volkmann, Artur
  • Locatie (N 51°20'16" - E 12°22'47") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

    Item Code: desn078; Photograph: 4 September 2022
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