Angelica and Medoro

c. 1570
(Italian, 1520–1582)
(Italian, 1536–1601)
Support: Cream(2) laid paper
Sheet: 29.6 x 20.9 cm (11 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Lewis&Boorsch 43
State: i/iv
Location: not on view
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This scene stems from Ludovico Ariosto’s (1474–1533) 16th-century best-seller Orlando Furioso, an epic poem in which Princess Angelica falls in love with Medoro, a soldier she nurses back to health. They are shown here declaring their union by carving their names “on every stone or shady tree.” Like the poet Ariosto, who updated a medieval chivalric story with classical themes, Teodoro and his brother, Giorgio, portrayed the lovers in the popular antique style.
Angelica and Medoro

Angelica and Medoro

c. 1570

Giorgio Ghisi, Teodoro Ghisi

(Italian, 1520–1582), (Italian, 1536–1601)
Italy, 16th century

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