Iconography
ARCHITECTURE
Greece
DelphiLesche with paintings of PolygnotosNekyia (Ulysses in the Underworld)
GODS & MYTHS
Phaedra
Phaedra punished in Hades
Tantalus
Punishment
Sisyphus
Danaides
The Danaides carrying water in leaking vessels
Eurynomos
Chloris and Tya
LITERATURE
Ancient
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. 40-50: Ulysses drives the souls of the dead away from the sacrifice
HomerOdyssey Book XI: Ulysses reports his adventures (Journey to the Underworld)vv. 582-592: Ulysses sees the starving Tantalus
HomerOdyssey Book XI: Ulysses reports his adventures (Journey to the Underworld)vv. 593-600: Ulysses sees Sisyphos with the rock
HomerOdyssey Book XI: Ulysses reports his adventures (Journey to the Underworld)vv. 321-325: Ulysses sees Phaedra, Procris and Ariadne
HomerOdyssey Book XI: Ulysses reports his adventures (Journey to the Underworld)vv. 281-297: Ulysses sees Chloris
PausaniasDescription of GreeceBook X: Phociscap. 25-31: Paintings by Polygnotos in Delphi
Further details
At the right Charon's boat and Eurynomos, then Ulysses's comrades carrying the sacrifices, above Phaedra suspended by her ankles, in the centre Ulysses guarding the blood, behind him Chloris and Thya, most punishments to the left - many figures shown here are not in Homer
ARTIST/CREATOR
Le Lorrain, Louis-Joseph (1715-1759) after Polygnotos of Thasos (active c475-450 BC)
DATE
1761
LOCATION
n/a
TEXT/BOOK/DOCUMENT (SOURCE OF PHOTO)
Description de deux tableaux de Polygnote donnée par Pausanias, in: Histoire de l'Académie Royale des Inscriptions et belles-Lettres, vol. 27, Paris, 1761, pp. 34-55, plate 2
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RELATIONS
complete digital copy of illustrated text (external website)
Gallica (digitised version)
Acknowledgements
Record created with the generous support of the Dean's Development Fund of the School of Advanced Study, University of London
Contact
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