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

Odysseus and Ino Leucothea (scene 8)

Stanza di Ulisse, Palazzo Poggi, Bologna

In this scene Odysseus escapes drowning. The sinking of the ship appears in the background. He is rescued on the isle of Calypso. When he left Calypso on a raft of his own making, he once again encountered Neptune's storm. The sea nymph Ino Leucothea gave him her veil, which carried the hero safely through the waves.

Ino was a mortal queen of Thebes, who after her death and transfiguration was worshiped as a goddess under her epithet Leucothea, the "white goddess."