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Eugene Delacroix, 1798-1863

French, Study for "Marphisa," 1850. Brush and bistre over pencil. Gift of Catherine Baer. 1998.17

Delacroix, known for his interest in literary subjects, found much to inspire his Romantic imagination in Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, a sixteenth-century epic poem full of the fantastic adventures of knights and warriors. This drawing shows the warrior maiden Marphisa in armor, mounted on a horse, reproving an impertinent lady by making her give her clothes to an old woman. The painting for which this study was made is now in the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore.


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