PARMIGIANINO
(b. 1503, Parma, d. 1540, Casal Maggiore)

Circe and the Companions of Ulysses

c. 1527
Black pencil, pen and brown ink and wash, white lead on white paper, 230 x 279 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

In this episode from the Odyssey, Circe offers Odysseus's men a magic potion that will turn them into beasts, yet leave them helplessly aware of their changed state.