Odysseus and the Daughters of Lycomedes

Object Details

Title:

Odysseus and the Daughters of Lycomedes

Artist/Maker(s):

Baldassare Peruzzi (Italian, 1481 - 1536)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1520

Medium:

Pen and brown ink, black chalk, heightened with white gouache; squared in black chalk for transfer

Dimensions:

17.6 x 24.1 cm (6 15/16 x 9 1/2 in.)

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Knowing that her son would die if he fought in the Trojan war, Achilles' mother sent him to live with the daughters of King Lycomedes disguised as a woman. Odysseus, hearing that Achilles was there, went to the palace dressed as a merchant. He offered the girls jewelry and clothing but also included a sword, spear, and shield. When a trumpet sounded, Achilles automatically grabbed the weapons, thus revealing his disguise. Here Odysseus stands at the left, inviting the king's daughters into the palace.

Baldassare Peruzzi produced this drawing in preparation for one of four oval frescoes in a Roman villa. The drawing's high degree of finish, with no pentimenti, indicates that it may have been used as a modello.

Exhibitions
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (82)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (34)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Raphael and his Influence Across the Centuries (October 31, 2000 to January 7, 2001) (34)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 31, 2000 to January 7, 2001
Drawing the Classical Figure (December 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009) (34)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009
From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice (July 20 to October 10, 2010) (34)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 2010
Gods and Heroes: European Drawings of Classical Mythology (November 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014) (34)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014
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