TIBALDI, Pellegrino
(b. 1527, Puria (Valsolda), d. 1596, Milano)

Polyphemus and the Flight of the Greeks (scene 2)

1550-51
Fresco
Sala di Ulisse, Palazzo Poggi, Bologna

On the short side of the ceiling, in the second scene, the blinded Polyphemus sits at the exit to his cave, his face, hideously distorted, makes him into an image of horror. Raving with pain and rage he grabs for the Greeks, who, garbed in sheep pelts, escape his spread fingers and flee out of the darkness. The pose and size of Polyphemus are paralleled by the two ignudi sitting outside of the image.