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

Jean-Honoré Fragonard

(France 1732 – 1806)

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

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Year
1780s
Media
Drawing
Medium
black chalk and brown wash
Dimensions
39.9 x 27.2 cm sheet [irreg.]
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1982
Accession number
7.1982