Sir Edward J. Poynter (1836 – 1919)
The Cave of the Storm Nymphs
Oil on Canvas
The Cave of the Storm Nymphs depicts the moment from Homer’s Odyssey when three alluring sirens successfully lure Odysseus’ vessel into their fatal trap. As the ship breaks apart, the seductive figures writhe in a state of triumphant ecstasy. This version of the scene was painted in 1902 as a study for a larger canvas, now in the private collection of Andrew Lloyd Weber.
Conservation Needs: Examination and solvent tests, consolidate any loose or flaking paint with an appropriate adhesive, surface clean to remove dust and grime, fill and tone losses, re-varnish surface, corrective reframing and installation of a backing board, surface clean frame, recast sections of frame, install new casting and finish to match original surface, photography and written documentation
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UPDATE: The Hermitage has received a number of inquiries regarding this painting since it was featured on Antiques Roadshow in November 2010. Our version is the very one Grant Ford dreamt of finding. We have been in contact with him in the past few months. Please check back here for additional photos and information on this important painting.
If you are interested in adopting the cost of conserving this masterpiece, please contact Lauren Northup, Curator of Collections, at ln [at] thfm.org