Sunday, May 17, 2015

Paolo and Francesca (ca. 1856-60)

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres: Paolo and Francesca

This painting depicts the doomed lovers Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini, apparently real historical figures who were immortalized in Dante's Inferno. Francesca was married, in a political marriage, to Paolo's crippled older brother Giovanni. Naturally she fell in love with Paolo. Giovanni caught them in the act and killed them both. [Wikipedia]

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