Mercury Ordering Calypso to Release Odysseus

Gerard de Lairesseca. 1680


Amsterdam, Netherlands

During his wanderings, Odysseus encounters the nymph Calypso, who falls in love with him and holds him captive on her island. Jupiter then sends Mercury to command her to let Odysseus return to his wife. Lairesse made this painting, together with several
other works representing exemplary love and devotion, for Mary Stuart’s apartments in Soestdijk Palace.


  • Title: Mercury Ordering Calypso to Release Odysseus
  • Creator: Lairesse, Gerard de
  • Date Created: ca. 1680
  • Physical Dimensions: doek
  • Subject Keywords: cultuurgeschiedenis
  • Rights: http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

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