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Orlando Pursuing the Fata Morgana

Photo credit: Leicester Arts and Museums Service

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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.

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester Arts and Museums Service

Leicester

  • Date

    1846–1848

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    165 x 120 cm

  • Accession number

    L.F5.1889.0.0

  • Acquisition method

    gift from the artist, 1888

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New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester Arts and Museums Service

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