Theodore Meets in the Wood the Specter of His Ancestor Guido Cavalcanti, Chasing with Mastiffs His Former Disdainful Mistress

A work made of charcoal with stumping, and brush and black wash, over graphite, on tan laid paper, laid down on off-white japanese paper.
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  • A work made of charcoal with stumping, and brush and black wash, over graphite, on tan laid paper, laid down on off-white japanese paper.

Date:

1783

Artist:

Henry Fuseli
Swiss, active in England, 1741-1825

About this artwork

The story that Fuseli illustrated here concerns Theodore, a young nobleman of Ravenna rejected by the beautiful but proud Honoria, with whom he is infatuated. In despair, Theodore retires to his country estate where one day he encounters the ghost of his ancestor Guido Cavalcanti, a suicide condemned in the afterlife to perpetually chase, kill, and disembowel the woman who rejected his love. Honoria witnesses the scene, which transforms her feelings for Theodore.

Fuseli’s source was the English poet John Dryden’s verse translation (published 1700) of a story from the Italian author Giovanni Bocaccio’s Decameron (written 1349–53).

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Artist

Henry Fuseli

Title

Theodore Meets in the Wood the Specter of His Ancestor Guido Cavalcanti, Chasing with Mastiffs His Former Disdainful Mistress

Origin

Switzerland

Date

1783–1784

Medium

Charcoal with stumping, and brush and black wash, over graphite, on tan laid paper, laid down on off-white Japanese paper

Dimensions

320 x 664 mm

Credit Line

The Art Institute of Chicago

Reference Number

Obj: 116079

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