Jean Delville, The Death of Orpheus, 1893
Artists across Europe in the late 19th century turned their imaginations inward.
The ancient Greek myth of the poet Orpheus, portrayed here in rhapsodic blue and gold, became a powerful icon of the Symbolist movement representing the artist as seer.
According to legend, Orpheus entered the underworld to try to rescue his lover from death.
Image Credit: Photograph by Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium.