Odysseus and Circe

ca. 1580/85, Artist: Bartholomäus Spranger



Odysseus and Circe

While on his Odyssey, Odysseus lands on the island of the sorceress Circe, who turns all strangers into animals by means of a magic potion. Spranger depicts how Circe attempts to beguile Odysseus and how his companions, transformed into animals, recognise their master. The picture is part of a series of mythological amours of the ancient gods, which Spranger created for Rudolph II in the 1580s.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 22

Object data

Object Name





ca. 1580/85


Bartholomäus Spranger (1546 Antwerpen - 1611 Prag) - GND




108 cm × 72 cm
Framed: 125 cm × 96 cm × 8,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 1095


From the treasury Rudolf II.

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