(b. 1615, Arenella, d. 1673, Roma)
Odysseus and Nausicaa1663-64
Oil on canvas, 195 x 144 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
Odysseus (Ulysses) landed on the shores of the kingdom of Alcinous by a river where the king's daughter Nausicaa came with her maidens to wash clothes. Odysseus, naked but for a loincloth, creeps out of the bushes and approaches the princess. Her attendants, having finished their work, are making a picnic on the grass. They are startled at the sight.