Size: 149 x 92 cm
Oil on Canvas
Painted in: 1891
Location: Oldham Art Gallery, Oldham England.
Circe was the daughter of the sun god Helios and was a powerful witch. She used her magical powers to create a potion that would turn men into swine if drank. When Ulysses' men arrived on the island of Aeaea, Circe invited them in for food and drink. Believing it to be wine, all of the men drank Circe's magic potion and in turn, were transformed into swine. Ulysses, however, was made immune to Circe's potion with the aid of the messenger god, Hermes and drank freely of the potion when given to him. Ulysses' crew was then restored to human form. Circe aided Ulysses on the next part of his journey but that was after he stayed with her for a year at Aeaea as her lover.