Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Orpheus and Eurydice send their greetings from the shore of the Außenalster in Hamburg.
Ursula Querner's "Orpheus und Eurydike" (2010) Alsterpark, Hamburg   — photo by Macfarlane

A bronze guy holding a harp, extending his hand to a bronze woman nearby (she with her dress up over her head as a sign of her death and burial)... It couldn't possibly be anybody but Orpheus and Eurydice. An annoyance about this sculpture group is that the label identifying the artist, title, year, etc., which was once on the block below Orpheus' left foot, is now gone. (See the photo at wikipedia commons for a hi-res picture with the label in it.)

Who is/was Ursula Querner? Why did she put Orpheus and Eurydice here? Does she often sculpt mythological persons? Is there some reason why we should note this particular myth here? What is Querner's narrative gain?

In 2011, Eurydice was stolen and part of her was cut up with a saw. The thieves hoped to sell the bronze. An article in the Hamburger Abendblat reported the story.  The article says little about the work itself, only that it's been in the park for nearly 50 years.

Why not explore this mythological usage for your next paper?

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