Franceschini, Volterrano

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Artist: Baldassare Franceschini, Volterrano 

Title: Orpheus 

Measurements: 55 x 69 cm

Material: Oil on canvas 



"The figure in this painting represents Orpheus, the famous hero of Greek mythology whose music could enchant any creature: this identification is based above all on the attrib­ute of the lion skin, which precludes his being identified as Apollo, as might be suggested by the presence of the laurel crown and musical instrument - appropriate symbols for either one of these figures (Baldassari, 2001)."

"The painting is an autograph work by Volterrano, as is clear from stylistic evidence. Orpheus is depicted bust length and frontally, with forcefully defined facial features, typical of the artist; and while this reflects the influence of his master Giovanni da San Giovanni, there is also a clear debt to Pietro da Cortona (Baldassari, 2001)."


Francesca Baldassari, L’Arte nalla pittura. Important Old Master Paintings, Maison d’Art, Monaco, 2001, no. 14, pp 65 – 67;

Francesca Baldassari, La Pittura del Seicento a Firenze. Indice degli artisti e delle loro opere, 2009, p. 396 – p. 401, no. 196.