Angelique

Tonight I discovered such a beautiful bondage painting titled Angelique, painted by Léopold Burthe (1823-1860). Leopold was educated in Paris and fell under the spell of Jean-August-Dominique Ingres (1780-1860) whose influence infuses the virtuoso rendering of Leopold’s ‘Angelique’.
Ingres even painted a related canvas, “Angelica Saved by Ruggiero,” also based on the 16th-century Italian poem, ‘Orlando Furioso’ by Ludovico Ariosto.


Orlando Furioso, a 16th-century epic poem by Ariosto, is the source of the tale of Roger, a knight whose steed is a hippogriff (a legendary creature half horse and half eagle). While riding near Brittany’s coast Roger espies a beautiful woman, Angelica, chained to a rock on the Isle of Tears. She has been abducted and stripped naked by barbarians who have left her there as a human sacrifice to a sea monster. As Roger rides to her aid, a great thrashing in the water occurs—it is the monster approaching Angelica. Roger drives his lance between the monster’s eyes and rescues Angelica.

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Ingres painted several later versions of the composition, none of which are known to have been commissioned. A reduced copy of the painting in a vertical format was painted sometime before 1839, and eventually acquired by Edgar Degas, who purchased it in 1894.
An 1841 replica, in an oval format, is in the Musée Ingres. A painting of 1859, also in an oval format, repeats the figure of Angelica but nearly eliminates Roger, whose presence is indicated only by his shield visible at the right edge. In 1825/30 Ingres painted ‘Perseus and Andromeda’ which like ‘Roger Freeing Angelica’ features a nude woman chained to a rock and a hero slaying a sea monster.
For art related to the story of Andromeda I had created a blog before.

A stained slass designed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)

Rossetti’s passion for the legends and romance of the past are captured in the wildness, violence and sensuality of tales such as St George and the Dragon. In this panel, the princess is tied to a tree, almost swooning, and stripped to the waist, while Saint George, bedecked in gleaming gold armour, slays the Dragon.

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‘Ruggiero ippogrifo Angelica mostro’ is a fresco in the Villa Rigoni Saviola, Padua Italy. I could not trace the artist.
Edward Burne-Jones (1833–1898)
Then there is this painting by Frank Dicksee (1853-1928), who turns the story into a Victorian gentleman-knight and a The Damsel in Distress. Which relates to the painting by John Everett Millais, the Knight Errant from 1870.

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