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In 1912, John William Waterhouse was at the peak of his artistic career and concluded the work entitled Penelope and the Suitors. This artwork refers to a mythological story told by Homer in his epic poem, Odyssey. In the book, the Greek author tells the story of the King of the island of Ithaca, Odysseus, who was the hero of the story. Penelope was his beautiful wife, who was known for her extreme faithfulness.
In Penelope and the Suitors, Waterhouse portrays the protagonist working with her tapestry. According to the myth, Odysseus left to fight in the Trojan war but did not return when it was over. Even though the odds of him coming home were against him, Penelope remained faithful and waited for her true love’s return. The local noblemen became interested in the supposed widow’s hand and showered her with gifts and love offers. As a tactic to postpone having to speak to these men and eventually re-marrying, Penelope declared that she would only decide on a new partner after finishing weaving a shroud, intended as a gift for her father-in-law, Laertes. But little did the men know that during the night she would unravel her day's work, making her work never-ending.
Eventually, Penelope’s husband returned from the war – to her delight and the frustration of her suitors. In Waterhouse’s portrayal of the story, the protagonist sits busily at her labor, centered on the composition. She is wearing a bright orange-red robe, tied at the waist and deeply concentrated in her work. Caught in mid-action, the artist depicted Penelope holding a roll of string and cutting it with her teeth, while two assistants are to the left of the canvas helping with operating the large weaving machine. Behind the three women, an opening on the wall shows a blue sky and a white construction in the far background.
To the right of the composition, four handsome men can be seen from the outside, leaning in Penelope’s studio in the hope of attention – which they do not receive. The suitors pile up offering flowers, pearls, jewels, and one even holds a lyre, possibly to serenade her. The atmosphere is highly decorated, with an ornamented rug and paintings of ancient Greek soldiers on the wall.
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