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Aeolus giving the sack of winds to Ulysses, study for a fresco; a line of figures sheltering against a wall behind at left
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over black chalk
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Height: 303 millimetres
Width: 238 millimetres
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- Not in Phillipps-Fenwick.
Study for one of the frescoes in the ceiling of the loggia degli Imperatori in the Palazzo Portinari-Saluati, Florence.
See: Exhibition cat. 'Florentine Drawings of the XVI Century', British Museum, 1986, p.206 (154). S Lecchini Giovannani, Alessandro Allori, Tonno, 1991, no.50.
Turner, Florentine Drawings of the Sixteenth Century, London, 1986
As Pouncey was the first to point out, this is a study with some slight differences for one of the frescoes in the ceiling of the Loggia degli Imperatori in the Palazzo Portinari-Salviati (now the Banca Toscana) in Florence, which was painted in 1575-6 with 'Stories of Ulysses' ('Banca Toscana, storia e collezioni', Nardini Editore, Florence, 1982, pp. 271ff.; the fresco of 'Aeolus giving the Sack of Winds to Ulysses' repr. p. 275). It is a fine example of Allori's composition drawings in pen and wash, the pictorial qualities and free handling of which contrast with the severity of his drawings in black chalk.
The episode is that narrated at the beginning of Book X of the 'Odyssey': as a guarantee of the safety of his homeward voyage, Aeolus gave Ulysses "a leather bag, made from the flayed skin of a full-grown ox, in which Aeolus had imprisoned the boisterous energies of all the Winds". When the ship was in sight of their homeland of Ithaca, the crew released the contents of the bag, searching for the treasure they believed it contained and causing the ship to be blown back to Aeolia whence it had come.
- Not on display
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1986, BM, Florentine Drawings 16thC, no. 154
1992 Oct-Dec, UEA, 'Florentine Drawings' (no cat.)
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