Orpheus and Euridyce

These paintings were inspired by the story of Orpheus and Euridyce in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and by Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice. Eurydice gets bitten by a snake and dies on her wedding day. Orpheus, inconsolable with grief, gains admittance to the underworld and his beautiful lyre music and singing of his grief persuades Hades to let him guide Eurydice back into the living. The condition is that she must follow behind him and he must not look back at her. When he sees the light, he looks back at her too soon as she is still standing in the underworld. She is immediately pulled back into the land of the dead forever. In the opera, Euridice pleads with Orfeo to look back at her and he is unable to resist. When she is returned to the underworld, he wishes to kill himself to be with her. Amore (Love/Cupid) stops him and as a reward for his undying love, returns Euridice back to life and reunites the lovers. Obviously I much prefer the happier ending in the opera version. 

Orpheus
10×8 inches, oil on panel ©2021 Fatima Ronquillo
Meyer Gallery Santa Fe
Che farò senza Euridice		What will I do without Euridice
Dove andrò senza il mio ben.	Where will I go without my wonderul one.
Euridice, o Dio, risponde	Euridice, oh God, answer
Io son pure il tuo fedele.	I am entirely your loyal one.
Euridice! Ah, non m´avvanza	Euridice! Ah, it doesn´t give me
più socorso, più speranza	any help, any hope
ne dal mondo, ne dal cel.	neither this world, neither heaven.

~ Orfeo's aria in Gluck's opera "Orfeo ed Euridice"
Euridyce
10×8 inches, oil on panel ©2021 Fatima Ronquillo
Meyer Gallery Santa Fe

“Persephone”

“Persephone” 24×18 inches, oil on panel  SOLD

In Greek mythology, Hades, lord of the underworld, fell in love with Persephone, goddess of springtime, while she was picking flowers in a field. The Fates have decreed that anyone consuming the fruits of the underworld must spend eternity there. Persephone was persuaded into eating some pomegranate seeds (four or six?) and thus was forced to spend part of each year in the underworld.

“The Runaways”

“The Runaways” 40×30 inches, oil on linen SOLD

This is the last work to be included for the “Love and Loss” show. The reception is this Friday 5-7pm at Meyer East. I hope to see you there if you are in Santa Fe. Preview the works here.

“The Runaways” is a special work for me. I find myself repeatedly attracted to its ambiguity and the juxtaposition of fragility and danger. Are they running away from peril? Or could they in fact be arsonists fleeing the scene of the crime? The girl is some strange child-goddess, a young Athena or Diana. And one can only think of the deer as an innocent casualty, a silent witness even.