The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis, 1818 — Jacques-Louis David,

The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis

Jacques-Louis David1818

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In the 1699 French novel Les Aventures de Télémaque, loosely based on characters from the Odyssey, Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, fell passionately in love with the beautiful nymph Eucharis. His duty as a son, however, required that he end their romance and depart in search of his missing father.

Jacques-Louis David painted The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis during his exile in Brussels, depicting the lovers in quiet resignation, saying farewell in a grotto on Calypso's island.

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