JEAN-HONORÉ FRAGONARD (Grasse 1732-1806 Paris)
Olympia clambers upon a rock, watching Bireno’s ship leave (Orlando Furioso, X, 23)
black chalk, brown and gray wash, watermark letters in a circle
1578 x 1038 in. (40.4 x 26.3 cm)
see under lot 40.
E. Mongan, P. Hofer and J. Seznec, Fragonard. Drawings for Ariosto, London, 1945, p. 68, pl. 55.
M.-A. Dupuy-Vachey, Fragonard et le Roland Furieux, Paris, 2003, no. 82, p. 384, ill.
M.T. Caracciolo, ‘Lectures de l’Arioste au XVIIIe siècle: du livre illustré au cycle peint’ in Gazette des Beaux-Arts, CXXXVI, sixth period, CXXIII, no. 1502, March, 1994, p. 141, fig. 27.
Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André, Fragonard. Les plaisirs d'un siècle, 2008, no. 66, ill.
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