Prints and Drawings
Artist: Theodore van Thulden, Flemish, 1606–1669
After: Francesco Primaticcio, Italian, 1504–1570

Ulysses receives the Homage of the Loyal Serving-Women

ca. 1632

Black chalk

Sheet: 17.8 x 30.5 cm (7 x 12in.); Framed: 39.37 x 52.07 cm (15 1/2 x 20 1/2in.)
Gift of Anne-Marie Logan
1997.45.2.1
This is one of Theodoor van Thulden’s preparatory studies for his set of prints after Francesco Primaticcio’s frescoes in the Gallery of Ulysses at Fontainebleau, which was published in multiple editions by various publishers between 1633 and 1640. This drawing depicts three episodes from Ulysses’ return home: the punishment of Melanthios, who had provided the enemy suitors with arms, for which Ulysses severed Melanthios’s hands, feet, ears, and genitals; the joyful greeting of Ulysses by the servant woman; and the faithful maid Eurycleia rushing up the stairs to inform Penelope of her husband’s return. The crowded drawing manages to convey three emotions—brutality, tenderness, and revelation—in a single scene.
Culture: 
Flemish
Period: 
17th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

Herbert Feist, 1973; Sale, Phillips New York, 8 June 1983, lot 50

Bibliography: 

Suzanne Boorsch and John J. Marciari, Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 14, 15, 142–45, no. 44b, ill.

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