Penelope Unraveling Her Web  1784

by Joseph Wright of Derby

[b]Artwork Label[/b] [br] The potter Josiah Wedgwood commissioned this painting from Joseph Wright of Derby as a tribute to female loyalty and industry. In Homer's Odyssey, Penelope, awaiting the return of her husband Odysseus from the Trojan War, was beset by suitors who claimed that Odysseus had been shipwrecked. She promised to marry one of them after she completed a s...
106 x 131.4 cm
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Getty