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18th century
( Rococo and others)

photo:Johann Heinrich Fussli
Theodore Meets in the Wood the Spectre of His Ancestor Guido Cavalcanti

  • Johann Heinrich Fussli
  • 1741 - 1825
  • Theodore Meets in the Wood the Spectre of His Ancestor Guido Cavalcanti
  • c. 1783
  • Oil on canvas 276 x 317 cm
  • P.1983-1
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While a native of Zurich, Fussli worked in London. After several years' study of Michelangelo in Italy, he developed an imaginative and grotesque painting style taking subjects from various literary works. This work draws its inspiration from Dryden's poem "Theodore and Honoria", an adaptation of a story from Boccacio's Decameron. The young man from Ravenna, Theodore, meets the specter of the suicide Guido Cavalcanti who sets ferocious dogs to attack his naked, fleeing lover.

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