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"Pénélope" by Pierre-Jules Cavelier is a statue that depicts the wife of Odysseus in Greek mythology. In Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey," Penelope is known for her faithfulness to her husband while he was away on his long journey home. Penelope was pressured to chose a new spouse but remains faithful to her husband. She declares that she will make her choice once the weaving of her father-in-law Laertes'burial shroud has been completed. Every night for three years the Queen undoes the work completed that day, until one of her serving women reveals her ploy. The statue captures her grace and poise, as well as her strength and determination as she awaits the return of her beloved husband. This marble sculpture was first presented in 1848 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts among the works produced by the residents and received high praise from the jury of the Académie de France in Rome. It subsequently triumphed at the 1849 Salon, receiving a first-class medal and a medal of honour.


Pierre-Jules Cavelier (1814-1894) was a French academic sculptor. Appointed in 1864 Professor at the École des beaux-arts, he trained many students there, including René Rozet, Édouard Lantéri, Hippolyte Lefèbvre, Louis-Ernest Barrias, Eugène Guillaume, Fernand Hamar, the British Alfred Gilbert and the American George Grey Barnard, as well as conducting his own prolific career as a sculptor.

Year of creation

1849, XIX century


Musée d'Orsay, France

Product information

Ready-to-hang Framed Poster with museum-quality paper.
- 250 gsm / 110 lb matte (uncoated) archival paper
- Thickness: 20-25 mm /0.79"–0.98" and for the USA market thickness is 1.9 cm/0.75"
- Paper color: off-white
- Shatterproof, transparent plexiglass.
- Includes a hanging kit, to hang in both portrait and landscape orientations.
- For indoor use
- Ready-to-hang, poster is placed within the frame. You can hang it directly on the wall.

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