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

“Dorabella” and “The Smoker with Wings”

Dorabella
“Dorabella” 12×9 inches, oil on panel @ Meyer Gallery, Park City SOLD

I’ve always loved the name “Dorabella.” I was painting this while listening to Mozart’s opera “Cosi Fan Tutte” ~ and it was natural to name this piece “Dorabella” after one of the characters. I think that “Dorabella” means “beautiful” (bella) “gift” (dora.)

The Smoker with Wings
“The Smoker with Wings” 12×9 inches, oil on panel @ Meyer Gallery, Park City SOLD

Red, White, Blue and Yellow

Happy 4th of July! Here’s a little Red, White and Robin’s Blue…

Shelter
"Shelter" oil on panel, 10x8

Some More Blue…

Young Violetta
"Young Violetta" oil on panel, 8x6

Red, White and Yellow…

Girl with Coral Necklaces
"Girl with Coral Necklaces" oil on panel, 8x6

and Red, White, Blue and Yellow

Lady with a Tulip
"Lady with a Tulip" oil on panel, 12x9

These are all available at Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM where I will have a solo show October 15.