Telemachus, Believing that His Father, Ulysses, Is Dead, Searches for Him in the Underworld, from The Adventures of Telemachus, Book 18

A work made of pen and black ink, with brush and brown and gray wash, over traces of black chalk on ivory laid paper, laid down on board.
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  • A work made of pen and black ink, with brush and brown and gray wash, over traces of black chalk on ivory laid paper, laid down on board.

Date:

1808

Artist:

Bartolomeo Pinelli
Italian, 1781-1835

About this artwork

In the last scene illustrated by Pinelli (book 18, of a total of 24), Telemachus steps onto the shores of Hades, land of the dead, after being ferried across the River Styx by Charon (seen in the background). Under Minerva’s protection, Telemachus has accomplished the feat granted to no mortal of descending to the underworld by entering the sulfurous cavern near the southern Italian city of Acherontia. In Hades, spirits of the dead and creatures of the night surround him. In search of his father Ulysses’s spirit, Telemachus will discover that he is still alive.

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Artist

Bartolomeo Pinelli

Title

Telemachus, Believing that His Father, Ulysses, Is Dead, Searches for Him in the Underworld, from The Adventures of Telemachus, Book 18

Origin

Italy

Date

1808

Medium

Pen and black ink, with brush and brown and gray wash, over traces of black chalk on ivory laid paper, laid down on board

Dimensions

480 x 590 mm (sight); 556 x 667 mm (overall)

Credit Line

Wirt D. Walker Fund

Reference Number

1963.559

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