Roger and Angelica (Angelica Saved by Ruggiero) 1819
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres ( French, 1780 – 1867)
1806–1824 - Rome and Florence
Roger and Angelica: it is a helpless, martyred woman figure, depicted standing in an agony of distress amid a fantastic and desolate landscape. "Orlando Furioso, a 16th-century epic poem by Ariosto, is the source of the tale of Roger, a knight whose steed is a hippogriff (a legendary creature half horse and half eagle). While riding near Brittany's coast Roger espies a beautiful woman, Angelica, chained to a rock on the Isle of Tears. She has been abducted and stripped naked by barbarians who have left her there as a human sacrifice to a sea monster. As Roger rides to her aid, a great thrashing in the water occurs—it is the monster approaching Angelica. Roger drives his lance between the monster's eyes and rescues Angelica.
Ingres received the commission for the work in 1817 and completed it in 1819. When it was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1819 alongside his Grande Odalisque, the work was criticised for the treatment of Angelica's figure, described by the art historian Théophile Silvestre as "Angelica with goitres" and by the painter Henry de Waroquier as "triple-breasted Angelica". Comte de Blacas, the French ambassador to the Vatican, acquired the painting forKing Louis XVIII. It was installed above a doorway in the throne room of Versaillesfrom 1820 until 1823 before being relocated to the Musée du Luxembourg. It was Ingres' first painting to enter a public collection.
Ingres executed the work with his usual care, and many preparatory drawings for the composition and the individual figures exist." Wikipedia
Location of painting: Musée du Louvre, Paris .
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