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

John Raphael Smith

(England 1752 – 1812)

after Henry Fuseli

(England 1741 – 16 Apr 1825)

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

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Year
1781
Media
Print
Medium
mezzotint
Dimensions
44.0 x 55.4 cm image
Credit
Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 2009
Accession number
278.2009