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Penelope Lamenting the Absence of Ulysses, by Angelica Kauffmann, R.A. (1741-1807).

Oil on metal, 24.8cm by 19cm.
The subject of the painting, by the gifted Swiss artist, Angelica Kauffman, is taken from Homer’s Odyssey. Penelope, the faithful wife of Odysseus (Ulysses in Roman mythology), waits twenty years for the return of her husband from the Trojan War. His long absence is considered proof that he has perished and there are many pressing suitors for Penelope’s hand. She employs various strategies to keep them at bay, certain that he will return and determined to remain faithful to him. There is a version of the painting in the Wolverhampton Art Gallery.


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