The Goddess Calypso rescues Ulysses

Cornelius van Poelenburgh1630

Hallwyl Museum

Hallwyl Museum

The subject-matter is unusual and disputed. It has been called” Landscape with Nymph” and also “A scene from the Flood”. Depicted from behind Calypso reaches down to grab Odysseus hands after the ship wreck described in Homer´s Odyssey.
The voluptuous female forms are characteristic for the artist after 1627 when he had spent a year as Ruben´s cicerone in Utrecht and subsequently took up the master´s delight in feminine rotundity. The paining is signed CP on the rock to the left

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  • Title: The Goddess Calypso rescues Ulysses
  • Date Created: 1630
  • Tags: Dutch, Utretcht school
  • Provenance: Frederik Müller & Cie. Amsterdam, C.U.Palm, Bukowskis, Stockholm, Wilhelmina von Hallwyl, Stockholm 1904
  • Physical Dimensions: w170 x h205 mm (Without frame)
  • Painter: Cornelis van Poelenburgh
  • Artist info: Cornelis van Poelenburgh was a pupil of Abraham Bloemart. Between 1617-1623 the stayed in Italy, mostly in Rome, where his style evolved under the influence of Adam Elsheimer, Paul Bril and other Italian painters. He was also for some time in the service of the Grand Duke of Tuscany. From 1627 he worked in Utrecht and in 1637-41 in London at the Court of King Charles I. He painted Arcadian landscapes, mythological and biblical subjects and portraits. Cornelis van Poelenburgh was highly esteemed in his day, he was successful and had a large workshop.
  • Type: Oil on copper


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