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Title

Orlando Furioso: Astolfo puts the dragons and lions to flight with his magic horn

1780s


Artist

Jean-Honoré Fragonard

France

1732 - 1806


About

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.


Details


Date

1780s


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

black chalk and brown wash


Dimensions

39.9 x 27.2 cm sheet [irreg.]


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1982


Location

Not on display


Accession number

7.1982


Artist information

Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Works in the collection

3


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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

Elizabeth Mongan, Philip Hofer and Jean Seznec, Fragonard drawings for Ariosto, New York, circa 1945, (illus.) 76. plate 114