Orco Lucina e Norandino.
Exstat Romae in Aedibus Burghesianis. [n.d., c.1770s.]
Copper engraving, 245 x 400mm. 9½ x 15¾". A fine impression.
Mythological figures Norandino and Lucina in a landscape with the ogre Orco feeling the fleece with which she has covered her back. Illustration of 'Orlando Furioso' by Italian poet Lodovico Ariosto (1474 - 1533), from Gavin Hamilton's 'Schola Italica Picturę', plate 39 (numbered upper right). After Giovanni Lanfranco's (1582 - 1647) painting from c.1624 in the Galleria Borghese in Rome. It was commissioned by Cardinal Scipione for his villa at Frascati, at the time when the artist was working on The Council of the Gods in the loggia of the Villa Borghese (1624). It depicts an episode from Ariosto's Orlando Furioso (XII, 23 ff.), in which Norandino, King of Damascus and his bride Lucina are shipwrecked on the Ogre's island while on their honeymoon.
[Ref: 19929] £85.00