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Odysseus and the Daughters of Lycomedes

Baldassare Peruzziabout 1520

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Knowing that her son would die if he fought in the Trojan war, Achilles' mother sent him to live with the daughters of King Lycomedes disguised as a woman. Odysseus, hearing that Achilles was there, went to the palace dressed as a merchant. He offered the girls jewelry and clothing but also included a sword, spear, and shield. When a trumpet sounded, Achilles automatically grabbed the weapons, thus revealing his disguise. Here Odysseus stands at the left, inviting the king's daughters into the palace.

Baldassare Peruzzi produced this drawing in preparation for one of four oval frescoes in a Roman villa. The drawing's high degree of finish, with no pentimenti, indicates that it may have been used as a modello.

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  • Title: Odysseus and the Daughters of Lycomedes
  • Creator: Baldassare Peruzzi
  • Date: about 1520
  • Physical Dimensions: 17.6 x 24.1 cm (6 15/16 x 9 1/2 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink, black chalk, heightened with white gouache; squared in black chalk for transfer
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 85.GG.39
  • Markings: Markings: At bottom left, collection mark of William, second duke of Devonshire (L.718); at bottom right, collection mark of Sir Peter Lely (L.2092).
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Drawings

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