JEAN-HONORÉ FRAGONARD (Grasse 1732-1806 Paris)
The miraculous draught of fish of Ruggiero and Alcina (Orlando furioso, VII, 32)
black chalk, brown and gray wash, stumping
1578 x 1014 in. (40.3 x 26 cm)
see under lot 40.
E. Mongan, P. Hofer and J. Seznec, Fragonard. Drawings for Ariosto, London, 1945, p. 65, pl. 28 (as illustrating VI, 36, 39, Alcina shows her aquarium to Astolfo).
M.-A. Dupuy-Vachey, Fragonard et le Roland Furieux, Paris, 2003, no. 50, p. 381, ill.
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From the height of their galley, Ruggiero and Alcina admire the large fish caught in the nets they have cast.
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