The Peloponnese and Ithaca

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On this silk embroidered tapestry, Penelope (approximately life-size) stands in the center facing out toward the viewer. She turns her head to her left to look at her loom behind her, where the tapestry she is weaving is hung. A small oil lamp on the left indicates that the scene takes place at night. By the lamplight, Penelope unravels her weaving.

Penelope Unraveling Her Work at Night

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Penelope, loyal and resourceful wife of Odysseus, secretly unravels her day's weaving at night to postpone the completion of her web and remarriage in Odysseus's extended absence.
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