Ulysses Deriding Polyphemus

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Ulysses Deriding Polyphemus
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Artist Joseph Mallord William Turner
Year 1829
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 132.7 cm × 203 cm (52.2 in × 80 in)
Location National Gallery, London

Ulysses Deriding Polyphemus is an 1829 oil painting by Joseph Mallord William Turner. It depicts a scene from Homer's Odyssey, showing Odysseus (Ulysses) standing on his ship deriding Polyphemus, one of the cyclopes he encounters and has recently blinded, who is disguised behind one of the mountains on the left side. Additional details include the Trojan Horse, a scene from Virgil's Aeneid, on one of the flags and the horses of Apollo rising above the horizon.[1] The painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1829.[2] Acquired by the National Gallery in 1856, the painting is on display in room 34.[3]


  1. ^ "London National Gallery Next 20 15 JMW Turner – Ulysses deriding Polyphemus". National Gallery. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ulysses deriding Polyphemus – Homer's Odyssey". The National Gallery. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Key Facts". National Gallery. Retrieved 30 July 2014.