Nicolas de Bruyn (Antwerp, 1565 ou 1571 – Amsterdam, 1652)
Orpheus charming the animals

Engraving on laid paper
62,9 x 85,2 cm

Inv. 2009.1.81

Acquisition 2009
With a contribution from the Museums Regional Acquisition Fund

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An album of exceptional engravings containing 166 plates

Acquisition Martinez Gallery – Paris, April 2009

In the centre in the middle ground, Orpheus is playing the double-bass sitting against a tree. All the animals – predators and prey alike – roam around him in the same space: lion, leopard, horse, bull, monkeys. A dog is sitting in the foreground while two rabbits copulate not far away.