Ferdinando Vichi Neoclassical Marble Statue Sculpture
This marble sculpture depicting Orpheus and Eurydice as a courting couple is one of two extraordinary marble sculptures by Ferdinando Vichi (Italian, 1875-1945) that we currently have for sale. Measures: 20 x 24 x 15 in; 51 x 61 x 38 cm. (Pedestal is not included in our price, but available separately.)
In Greek mythology, Orpheus was the son of Apollo and the Muse, Calliope. The lyre was presented by his father and he went on to become a fine musician. He fell in love with the beautiful numph, Eurydice, and were married and very happy. Eurydice was wandering with nymphs and was noticed by a shepherd, Aristaeus, who was taken by her beauty. She fled, but was bitten on the foot by a snake and died. Orpheus was so distraught that he followed her to the Underworld where he played music to the Guards of the Underworld and Hades, God of the Underworld. Orpheus was allowed to go back with his wife on the condition that he never looked back until they reached Earth. Orpheus thought the condition was a trick, looked back, and his wife disappeared forever.
Vichi was one of the leading Tuscan sculptors of his period who exhibited at the Bazzanti gallery in Florence. He worked in marble and alabaster and his works regularly appear at major auction.