About this artwork
Chivalric tales from the Renaissance—especially the Italian epic poem Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto (1516)—were a popular source of artistic inspiration in the early 19th century. This scene from Orlando Furioso shows the knight Roger saving the maiden Angelica from a dragon. This group formed part of a decorative ensemble for a chimney piece, which was commissioned by the Duc de Montpensier, the younger son of King Louis-Philippe, around 1840. It proved so popular that the composition was recast frequently during and after Barye’s lifetime.
- Antoine Louis Barye
- Roger and Angelica Mounted on the Hippogriff
- Modeled 1835–1845
- Inscribed faintly: Barye on front of base. Inside on tape: 5474.
- 51.1 × 66.8 × 32 cm (20 1/8 × 26 1/4 × 12 5/8 in.)
- George F. Harding Collection