Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Telemachus Relates His Adventures to Calypso as Mentor Looks on in Disapproval
Michele Sangiorgi, Italian, 1785 - 1822
Pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash over black chalk, heightened with white opaque watercolor, on two joined sheets of wove paper toned with light brown wash
Currently not on view
1985-71-1Purchased with the Alice Newton Osborn Fund, 1985
LabelMichele Sangiorgi was a little-known Emilian artist who died in Rome at the age of thirty-seven, cutting short a promising career and leaving behind few paintings. Most of his known surviving works are drawings, often large in scale and highly finished like this sheet. The subject is the Greek mythological figure Telemachus, son of the hero Odysseus, who becomes shipwrecked on the island of the nymph Calypso while searching for his long-absent father. When he tells the nymph of his trials and adventures, unaware that she has only recently been abandoned by the wandering Odysseus, Calypso transfers her love for the father to the son.