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Marphise


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Description In his epic poem "Orlando Furioso," Ludovico Ariosto relates how Marphise, the woman warrior, knocks the knight Pinabello off his horse after his lady had mocked Marphise's companion, the old woman Gabrina. In this scene, Pinabello lies on the ground, and his horse gallops off in the distance. The knight's lady, meanwhile, is forced to disrobe and give her fancy clothing to Gabrina. Marphise's horse, undisturbed by the drama, nonchalantly munches on the leaves overhead. Late in life, Delacroix frequently drew such subjects from 16th-century Italian literature, particularly from the works of Ludovico Ariosto and Torquato Tasso. In this late work, the artist has typically suppressed the delineation of the contours of the figures and relied on small strokes of unblended pigments to model their forms.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/17/1936Treatmentcleaned
10/26/1951Treatmentloss compensation; coated; other
5/29/1961Treatmentmounted; loss compensation; coated
12/02/1963Treatmentcleaned; coated
6/18/1980Examinationexamined for condition
4/28/1987Treatmentcleaned; coated
4/21/1997Loan Considerationexamined for loan
3/24/1998Examinationexamined for condition
4/20/2000Loan Considerationexamined for loan
8/01/2003Loan Considerationexamined for loan
Exhibitions
  • From Ingres to Gauguin: French Nineteenth Century Paintings Owned in Maryland. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1951.
  • Inaugural Exhibition at the Fort Worth Art Center. Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth. 1954.
  • Eugène Delacroix. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid; Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich; Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main. 1987-1988.
  • Delacroix: les dernières années. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia. 1998-1999.
  • Delacroix: The Music of Painting. Ordrupgaard, Charlottenlund. 2000.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
  • Delacroix (1798-1863). Musée du Louvre, Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 2018-2019.
Provenance Bonnet [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Bonnet Collection Sale, February 19, 1853, no. 9; Bulloz, 1853, by purchase; Anonymous Sale, Hotel Drouot, May 20, 1881; Collection Balay, ca. 1885 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Knoedler & Co., New York, 1904 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1904, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower left: Eug. Delacroix; [Date] Lower left: 1852
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1904

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Period
1852
Medium
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.10
Measurements
H: 32 5/16 x W: 39 3/4 in. (82 x 101 cm); Framed H: 46 × W: 54 × D: 6 in. (116.84 × 137.16 × 15.24 cm)
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Out On Exhibition Loan

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