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Title

Ezzelin musing over the body of his wife Meduna, slain by him for her infidelity during his absence in the Crusades

1781


Artists

John Raphael Smith

England

1752 - 1812

after Henry Fuseli

England

1741 - 16 Apr 1825


About

Fuseli’s most perverse and spinechilling subjects were often those which he invented himself rather than derived from literary sources. The story of the crusader, Ezzelin Bracciafero, who killed his wife Meduna on his return from the Crusades because of her infidelity, was a figment of the artist’s imagination. Fuseli exhibited the painted version in 1780, a year before it was reproduced in mezzotint by the famous engraver John Raphael Smith.


Details


Date

1781


Media category

Print


Materials used

mezzotint


Dimensions

44.0 x 55.4 cm image


Credit

Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 2009


Location

Not on display


Accession number

278.2009


Artist information

John Raphael Smith

Works in the collection

5

Artist information

after Henry Fuseli

Works in the collection

12


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

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