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    Artist Name:

    Alexandre-Evariste Fragonard

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    French, 1780 – 1850

    Title:

    Bradamante at Merlin's Tomb

    Date:

    ca. 1820

    Medium:

    Oil on canvas

    Dimensions:

    13 x 9 1/2 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase

    Accession Number:

    1983.70

    On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 204
    The son of the famous Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Alexandre Évariste combined the Rococo pictoral effects used by his father with a Neoclassicism learned from his teacher, Jacques-Louis David. In a letter from July 8, 1983, this small painting has been cautiously identified by scholar Marianne Roland Michel as a scene from Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso. The episode that may be depicted in this painting occurs in canto 3, verses 20 to 77, wherein the heroine Bradamante arrives at the tomb of the magician Merlin and a vision of her descendants is conjured by the sorceress Melissa. This work is imbued with a theatrical quality by the supernatural light and the sketchy application of paint.



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