Francois Lafon (1846-x)
||his father and Cabanel
Of all the legends of classic antiquity that of Orpheus is, perhaps, the most
contradictory. The painter in this instance has adopted the most popular version.
According to it, the son of Apollo and Calliope, having been struck dead by a
thunderbolt hurled by Zeus, as apunishment for revealing the divine mysteries,
his corpse is rejoiced over and spurned by the Thracian women, whose love,
which he aroused by the fascinations of his magic lyre, he had scored.
The artist, Francois Lafon, is the son of the well-known painter Emile Jacques Lafon, born
in 1817, who died in Paris in 1886. Francois Lafon was born in Paris and was a pupil
of his father, who had been in his turn a student under Delaroche and Baron
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