Take One Picture 2017
As a school we are taking part in the National Gallery's 'Take One Picture' project. The children will be investigating the picture 'Penelope with the Suitors' by Pintoricchio, 1509 throughout the Summer Term. The children will have the opportunity to delve into art and develop a new skill to share with other classes around the school. The picture will become the focus of the curriculum with all learning being based upon the image or story. Keep reading to find out more about the story of Penelope.
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The woman at the loom is Penelope, wife of Odysseus, the hero of Homer's 'Odyssey'. During his long absence after the Trojan War she is besieged by suitors but refuses to consider their advances until she has finished weaving her father-in-law's shroud. However, she unpicks by night what she weaves by day. The men before her are presumably suitors. The man entering the room is Odysseus disguised as a beggar.
Other episodes in the poem are depicted in the distance: Odysseus listens to the song of the sirens strapped to the mast of the ship while his crew block their ears. Sailors in a small boat nearby dive into the water, maddened by the beauty of the singing. On the coast Circe meets Odysseus. Around him are the swine into which this sorceress has turned previous visitors.
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