Penelope’s Web: Francesco Primaticcio’s Epic Revision at Fontainebleau*

  title={Penelope’s Web: Francesco Primaticcio’s Epic Revision at Fontainebleau*},
  author={G. Fiorenza},
  journal={Renaissance Quarterly},
  pages={795 - 827}
Francesco Primaticcio designed his celebrated Galerie d’Ulysse at Fontainebleau (now destroyed) at a time when the epic genre was being updated and redefined. One of the most popular scenes from the gallery, Ulysses and Penelope recounting their adventures to one another in bed (from book 23 of the Odyssey), was adapted and revised in an independent composition by Primaticcio himself: Ulysses and Penelope (Toledo Museum of Art, ca. 1560). In contrast to the Fontainebleau mural, the artist’s… Expand
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