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Angelica and Medoro
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Angelica and Medoro


Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The subject is from the romantic epic "Orlando furioso" by Ludovico Ariosto. Written in 1516 and expanded throughout the author's life, this work and its fantastic stories were popular throughout Europe in the 1500s and well into the 1700s. A complicated fantasy is set during a long siege of Paris in 885-86 by Muslin North African Arabs. Here, Angelica, a Chinese princess, and the Muslim knight Medoro are amorously intertwined and celebrating their love by carving each other's names into trees. Flying cupids and a torch allude to their burning love. This episode of the lovers was very popular with 18th-century artists and patrons, who were charmed by eroticism handled with a light touch. The artist's audience of aristocrats would have enjoyed projecting themselves into the story; perhaps as a consequence Angelica is not depicted as Chinese nor is Medoro depicted as a North African, as they were in the poem.
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Date Description Narrative
Examinationexamined for condition
4/12/1976Treatmentcleaned; inpainted; reconstructed; varnish removed or reduced
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] On stone in lower right corner: ANGELICA | MED RO.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
ca. 1720-1750 (Baroque)
Medium
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.414
Measurements
Painted surface H: 19 9/16 x W: 14 5/8 in. (49.7 x 37.2 cm)
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