Circe Giving Drink to the Companions of Ulysses

Circe Giving Drink to the Companions of Ulysses

1540s

after Parmigianino

(Italian, 1503-1540)

attributed to Antonio da Trento

(Italian, c. 1508-c. 1550)

Chiaroscuro woodcut

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1925.1220

Location

Fun Fact

Parmigianino's drawing, which Antonio da Trento used as a model for his print, was allegedly stolen by da Trento, alongside other examples by Parmigianino.

Description

This print is the second state of a chiaroscuro woodcut by Antonio da Trento after a drawing by Parmigianino. Andrea Andreani added the double A monogram and his address in the lower-left corner. This chiaroscuro woodcut depicts a scene from the Homer's epic poem Odyssey. During his journey back from the Trojan War, Odysseus (or Ulysses) visits the island of Aeaea. There, he meets the sorceress Circe, who changes most of his crew into swine. In this print, the enchantress is offering Ulysses's companions a cup containing a magical potion in order to bring them under her spell.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Chiaroscuro
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print

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