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The subject is taken from Boiardo's 'Orlando Inamorato', Book II, cantos viii-ix. The fair Margana, symbolising Fortune or Opportunity, holds captive Rinaldo and other paladins of Charlemagne. Orlando comes across her asleep by a fountain in a meadow. She awakes and dances round the fountain singing. Orlando is first captivated by the fairy's beauty but seeing her prisoners he pursues her in order to obtain the silver key to the dungeon in which they are confined.
oil on canvas
165 x 120 cm
gift from the artist, 1888