Aug 23, 2006

Angelica and Medoro

Angelica and Medoro

c. 1570

Giorgio Ghisi

(Italian, 1520–1582)


after Teodoro Ghisi

(Italian, 1536–1601)


Support: Cream(2) laid paper

Sheet: 29.6 x 20.9 cm (11 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1944.20

Catalogue raisonné: Lewis&Boorsch 43

State: i/iv



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.

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PR - Engraving
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