Art History at a Glance
This statue depicting Eurydice properly belongs with the figure of Orpheus (which is another of artist Antonio Canova's works of sculpture), for taken together, the two tell a poignant story of love lost. According to Classical mythology, Eurydice was the wife of the legendary musician Orpheus. She was accidentally killed while she fled from the advances of an unwanted suitor. Her shade descended into the dark Underworld, but her husband Orpheus could not bear to be parted from his dear wife. So the musician went to the realm of Hades to beg for the return of his beloved bride...to read the rest of this tale, see the page devoted to Canova's statue of Orpheus.
For More Information
An article about Eurydice in Classical mythology is available at Mythography.
This beautiful book (which is a part of the Phaidon Art & Ideas series) features information about the Neoclassical style. Author David Irwin has some fascinating chapters, including "The Lure of Italy and Beyond: The Grand Tour", "From Achilles to Wolfe: The Painting of History", and the brilliantly named "Eating your Ice under a Grecian Group: Living with Neoclassicism".