JEAN-HONORÉ FRAGONARD (Grasse 1732-1806 Paris)
Sacripante staring at the horseman who felled him (Orlando furioso, I, 60, 62-64)
black chalk, brown and gray wash, watermark coat-of-arms with a star surmounted by a crown
1512 x 934 in. (39.4 x 24.7 cm)
see under lot 40.
E. Mongan, P. Hofer and J. Seznec, Fragonard. Drawings for Ariosto, London, 1945, p. 62, pl. 7 (as illustrating I, 74, Bradamante fells Sacripante).
M.-A. Dupuy-Vachey, Fragonard et le Roland Furieux, Paris, 2003, no. 10, p. 378, ill.
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Sacripante is lying on the ground with his legs trapped under the dead body of his horse. He does not know that the knight who struck him down is the courageous heroine Bradamante.
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