Gerard de Lairesse / Hermes Ordering Calypso to Release Odysseus / c. 1670Gerard de Lairesse
Hermes Ordering Calypso to Release Odysseus
c. 1670

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Creator Name: Lairesse, Gérard de
Creator Nationality: European; Dutch
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1641 - 1711
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Liège
Creator Death Place: Amsterdam
Creator Name-CRT: Gerard de Lairesse
Title: Hermes Ordering Calypso to Release Odysseus
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1665
Creation End Date: 1675
Creation Date: c. 1670
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 91.4cm x 113.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1992.2
Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund
Provenance: (J. Singer, London, 1946); Private collection, Brazil; (sale: Christies, New York 9 October 1991, no. 195); (Johnny van Haeften, London).
Context: Inspired by the French painters Nicolas Poussin and Simon Vouet, Gerard de Lairesse was the leading classical artist and theorist in the Netherlands during the 17th century. This picture depicts an event from Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. The nymph Calypso had entrapped the Greek hero Odysseus; the Olympian gods ordered his release. Here, Hermes swoops down to free Odysseus, who is entwined in Calypso's embrace. She however seems unaware of Hermes, however, and stares out directly at the viewer.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1992.2
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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