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Orpheus Stolen The Dark Side

Orpheus Stolen The Dark Side
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Copyright: Chris Jules (chrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-07
Camera: Nikon D 90
Exposure: f/4.2, 1/15 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday Theme 2013/03/08 'The Dark Side' [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-03-08 1:52
Viewed: 2239
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An impressive tile mosaic of Orpheus playing a lyre. Taken inside the Turkish Archaeology Museum at Sultanahmet in Istanbul. No flash or tripod allowed, so hand held using available light.

I was amazed to learn after I had left Istanbul, that this very same artwork was stolen from an archaeological site near Sanliurfa in south eastern Turkey, back in 1998. It eventually found its way to the Dallas Art Gallery in Texas. When the Dallas museum discovered it was stolen, they generously returned it to the Turkish Government late last year. So this story has a happy ending.

Eventually it will be returned to the Sanliurfa Museum in Eastern Turkey. Here's the news article:

Hurriyet Daily News item, Turkey

From Wikipedia:

"Orpheus (pron.: /ˈɔrfiːəs/ or /ˈɔrfjuːs/; Ancient Greek: Ὀρφεύς) was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth. The major stories about him are centered on his ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music, his attempt to retrieve his wife, Eurydice, from the underworld, and his death at the hands of those who could not hear his divine music. As an archetype of the inspired singer, Orpheus is one of the most significant figures in the reception of classical mythology in Western culture, portrayed or alluded to in countless forms of art and popular culture including poetry, opera, and painting.[1]
For the Greeks, Orpheus was a founder and prophet of the so-called "Orphic" mysteries. He was credited with the composition of the Orphic Hymns, a collection of which survives.[2] Shrines containing purported relics of Orpheus were regarded as oracles. Some ancient Greek sources note Orpheus's Thracian origins."

Added some warming colors.

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What an amazing poster of the passt-newspapaer
lovely warm colours and details, indeed a useful referece well done CHRIS JULES

Bom dia Chris,
Incredibly refined contribution to the theme of the week. With no dark side in the picture you took to limit the metaphorical and metaphysical side of the myth of Orpheus.
Splendid photo for conditions that done.

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2013-03-08 3:57]

Hi Chris.

Very good play on words for this weeks theme title, the dark and murky history to this piece of artwork.

Vibrant way to show off this scene.


Have a good weekend.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2013-03-08 8:11]


fantastique vue et image superbe captage et ocmpo quel dessin et photo quelle mosaïque superbe ce détail quel travail des artistes un chef d'oeuvre.

Bravo et amitié


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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2013-03-08 12:14]

Very nice photo of this historic mosaic, great details, colors and light

Hi Chris,

The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the mosaic of Orpheus. The fact its was previously stolen is shopwing the dark side of some people and being return to the museum in Turkey is part of the bright side. Have a nice day.


Ciao Chris, great detail of beautiful mosaiv, excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2013-03-10 11:23]

Hi Chris,
many thanks for this beautiful shot and your note...Great detail and beautiful naturel colors.Well taken ,well presented.TFS.Necla.

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