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Astolfo Sails off with Andronica and Sofrosina

A work made of black chalk, with pen and brush and brown ink and brush and brown wash, on off-white laid paper.

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  • A work made of black chalk, with pen and brush and brown ink and brush and brown wash, on off-white laid paper.

Date:

early 1780s

Artist:

Jean Honore Fragonard
French, 1732–1806

About this artwork

This is one of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s 179 drawings illustrating scenes from Ludovico Ariosto’s epic poem Orlando furioso (The Frenzy of Orlando), first published in 1532. The English knight Astolfo, in armor at left in the ship’s bow, has left the island of the enchantress Alcina. In this scene, he sails home escorted by Andronica and Sofrosina, who represent the virtues of Fortitude and Temperance. Sofrosina waves her wand, directing the wind, while the angelic putti at the ship’s stern advance it with their breath.

Fragonard’s line—as frenzied as Orlando—vividly conveys the turbulent elements of wind and sea as the rocking ship sails swiftly from right to left and out of the picture.

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Artist

Jean Honoré Fragonard

Title

Astolfo Sails off with Andronica and Sofrosina

Origin

France

Date

Made 1780–1785

Medium

Black chalk, with pen and brush and brown ink and brush and brown wash, on off-white laid paper

Dimensions

393 × 267 mm

Credit Line

Promised gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

Obj: 202341

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