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An image of Orlando Furioso: Atlante, mounted on the hippogryph, swoops down upon Bradamante by Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Jean-Honoré Fragonard

(France 1732 – 1806)

Title
Orlando Furioso: Atlante, mounted on the hippogryph, swoops down upon Bradamante
Year
1780s
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
black chalk and brown wash
Dimensions

39.5 x 25.3 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1982
Accession number
6.1982
Location
Not on display
Further information

In the 1780s Fragonard made a series of over 100 lively drawings inspired by Ariosto’s epic, 'Orlando Furioso'. First published in 1516, the fantastic poem relates the struggles between the Christians and the pagans. Unfortunately there is no 18th-century documentation to tell us why Fragonard undertook such an ambitious project. In the 19th century the drawings belonged to the great Fragonard collector, Hippolyte Walferdin, who purchased them from the artist's family. The series was kept intact until 1922.

Bibliography (4)

Dore Ashton, Fragonard in the universe of painting, Washington D.C., 1988, 211, 215 (illus.). fig. 61

Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a gallery, 'Prints & Drawings', pg. 115-122, Sydney, 1984, 118 (colour illus.).

Nicolas Draffin, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Prints & Drawings', pg. 109-124, Sydney, 1988, 113 (colour illus.).

Elizabeth Mongan, Philip Hofer and Jean Seznec, Fragonard drawings for Ariosto, New York, circa 1945, (illus.) 63. plate 19

Exhibition history (2)

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014