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LITERATURE
Ancient
HomerOdyssey Cycles15th century - miscellaneous Cassoni
HomerOdyssey Book IX: Ulysses reports his adventures (Cicones, Lotophages, Polyphemus)vv. 468-490: Ulysses, onboard of his ship, taunts Polyphemus who hurls the summit of the mountain at him
HomerOdyssey Book XI: Ulysses reports his adventures (Journey to the Underworld)v. 20: Ulysses and his comrades arrive at the land of the Cimmerians
HomerOdyssey Book XI: Ulysses reports his adventures (Journey to the Underworld)vv. 98-137: Tiresias prophesies the return of Ulysses
HomerOdyssey Book X: Ulysses reports his adventures (Aeolus, Laestrygonians, Circe)vv. 140-144: Ulysses and his comrades land on Circe's island Aiaia
HomerOdyssey Book X: Ulysses reports his adventures (Aeolus, Laestrygonians, Circe)vv. 310-313 (also Ovid, Metamorphoses, XIV, 293-294): Circe welcomes Ulysses at the door
HomerOdyssey Book X: Ulysses reports his adventures (Aeolus, Laestrygonians, Circe)Ulysses's companions as pigs or animals, with or without Circe
HomerOdyssey Book X: Ulysses reports his adventures (Aeolus, Laestrygonians, Circe)vv. 480-486: Ulysses takes leave of Circe
HomerOdyssey Book XII: Ulysses reports his adventures (Elpenor, Sirens, Scylla and Charybdis, Cattle of Sol)vv. 181-191: Ulysses (bound to the mast) and his companions (with their ears stuffed) pass the Sirens
Further details
At the left arrival of Ulysses on Aiaia, then his comrades with animal heads, then Ulysses (protected by Mercury) encountering Circe, then taking leave from Circe (with a deity present, not according to Homer), above probably Tiresias, at the right journey to Hades, the Sirens and perhaps Polyphemus
ARTIST/CREATOR
Apollonio di Giovanni (Dido Master, born 1415 or 1417, died 1465) (follower) Callmann regards it as the work of a weak follower of Apollonio
DATE
circa 1480
LOCATION
Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery (inv. Lo. 2809)
Notes on photograph
BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
Paul Schubring, Cassoni, Truhen und Truhenbilder der italienischen Fr├╝hrenaissance, Supplement, Leipzig 1923, pp. 276-277, no. 255; Ellen Callmann, Apollonio di Giovanni, Oxford 1974, pp. 17 n. 61, 86
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