Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres: Angelica saved by Ruggiero

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres: Angelica saved by Ruggiero

French painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres spent 20 years on and off painting Angelica saved by Ruggiero between 1819 and 1839. The story is based on the Italian epic poem Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto in 1516.

Here we see Ruggiero on a Hippogriff, a mythical creature half man half griffin saving Pagan princess Angelica from a sea monster. This is a smaller, narrower version of a larger work, also by Ingres which titled Roger Freeing Angelica which is now in the Louvre.

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s Angelica saved by Ruggiero was originally owned by French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas and eventually made its way into the National Gallery in London after the museum purchased it in 1918.

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