Penelope “then during the day she wove the large web, which at night she unravelled” The Odyssey (1852). Thomas Seddon (English, 1821-1856). Oil on canvas.
Penelope looks out after a night spent undoing the previous day’s work on a woven shroud. During the long period during which her husband Odysseus was away, assumed by most to be dead, she remained faithful to him and, when pressed to marry another, always said she could not until the shroud was finished, a subterfuge which she maintained for ten years.