Odysseus as a Guest of the Nymph Calypso

size(cm): 50x70
Sale price£187 GBP


The painting "Odysseus as a Guest of the Nymph Calypso" by Hendrick Van Balen is a masterpiece of Flemish Baroque art. The composition of the painting is impressive, with Odysseus seated on a throne while the beautiful nymph Calypso attends him with a glass of wine. The color of the work is vibrant, with the blue of the sky and the sea contrasting with the warm tones of the skin of the characters and their clothing.

The story depicted in the painting is that of Odysseus, the Greek hero who was stranded on the island of Calypso for seven years after the Trojan War. The nymph keeps him on her island to be her husband, but Odysseus longs to return home to Ithaca. The painting captures the tension between the two characters, with Calypso trying to seduce Odysseus and him resisting her charms.

An interesting aspect of the painting is that Van Balen not only painted the main characters, but also included details in the background, such as the trees and the sea. In addition, the artist's technique is impressive, with meticulous details in the clothing and skin of the characters.

Overall, "Odysseus as a Guest of the Nymph Calypso" is a work of art that impressively combines beauty, history, and technique. It is a sample of the talent of Hendrick Van Balen and a jewel of Flemish Baroque art.

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