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Sisyphus (recto)
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Sisyphus (recto)


Guercino (1591 - 1666)

Pen and ink on paper

Width: 19.2 cm; Height: 23.2 cm;

Numbered in graphite, lower left & recto, 28

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
According to Greek mythology, Sisyphus, a king of Corinth, was notorious for his deceitfulness. He was condemned in Hades to push a great boulder perpetually uphill. This is one of a number of studies describing various ways he might have moved the heavy stone. Pentimenti or minor changes to the legs and hands show Guercino rethinking their position. Unusually, he has drawn on the back of a letter. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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