Iconography
LITERATURE
Ancient
HomerOdyssey Cycles1450 (circa) - Cracow, Wawel, Cassone (formerly Vienna, Lanckoronski collection, Apollonio di Giovanni)
HomerOdyssey Scenes without a clear textual sourcePenelope weaving or undoing the shroud of Laertes (referred to in Book IV, vv. 94-109, and Book XIX, vv. 137-154)Penelope weaving alone
HomerOdyssey Book XVII: Ulysses, disguised as a beggar, returns to his palacevv. 291-327: Ulysses is recognised by his dog Argos who dies for joy
HomerOdyssey Book XIX: Ulysses speaks incognito with Penelope and is recognised by Eurycleavv. 386-394, 467-505: Euryclea washes Ulysses's feet, recognises him by his scar, and promises to keep his secret
HomerOdyssey Book XVIII: Ulysses, still disguised as beggar, defeats Irusvv. 95-100: Ulysses beats Irus in a fistfight arranged by the suitors
HomerOdyssey Book XXII: Punishment of the suitors and unfaithful servantsUlysses kills the suitors (no particular moment depicted)
Further details
Second panel, part of right half; both Euryclea (background) and the shot suitors (foreground) are cut off in this photo
ARTIST/CREATOR
Apollonio di Giovanni (Dido Master, born 1415 or 1417, died 1465)
DATE
mid 15th century
LOCATION
Cracow, Zamek Królewski na Wawelu, Panstwowe Zbiory Sztuki (formerly Vienna, collection Count Lanckoronski)
PAGE/FOLIO/PLATE NUMBER
2
Notes on photograph
BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
Paul Schubring, Cassoni, Truhen und Truhenbilder der italienischen Frührenaissance, Supplement, Leipzig 1923, pp. 275-276, nos. 245-252; Ellen Callmann, Apollonio di Giovanni, Oxford 1974, p. 67, no. 34
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