Landscape with Orpheus charming the Animals

Roelandt Savery
1636

Active in the court of Rudolf II in Prague and later in Amsterdam and Utrecht, Savery specialized in small but highly detailed landscapes, often featuring biblical or mythological stories in the background. The paintings are executed with a meticulous and descriptive technique that reveals the artist’s Flemish background. The agitated deerhunting scene is accompanied by the representation of one of the themes dear to Savery’s imagination: the myth of Orpheus, famous for the enchanting power of his lyre and his song.

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