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Penelope is the wife of Odysses in Greek mythology. For the 20 years her husband was away during the Trojan War she remained faithful and virtuous. At the request of many suitors Penelope gave in and offered herself through a contest. She would marry the man who could first shoot an arrow through loops in a shroud she was weaving. Odysseus returned, disguised himself and won the contest. Then he killed all Penelope's suitors and the loving couple were finally reunited. This painting depicts the alluring beauty of Penelope.