Ulysses Winning the Archery Contest in the Presence of Penelope's Suitors
- Art Funded
- 24.5 x 32.4 cm
- Art Fund grant
- £60,000 (Total: £245,300; Export stopped)
Without leaving his seat, Ulysses shoots his arrow through a row of rings watched by his son Telemachus (extreme right), his divine guardian Athene, who stands behind him holding a shield, and other potential suitors. This drawing was the modello for the fresco commissioned by Francis I for the palace at Fontainebleau. The gallery holding the fresco was destroyed in 1738-39.
Sir Joshua Reynolds; Thomas Philipe; William Roscoe; Lord Stanley; Blundells of Ince; by descent; Christie's 11/12/90, lot 62.
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