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Francesca da Rimini
  • Ary Scheffer (1795 - 1858)
  • Probably Félicie de Fauveau (1801 - 1886), (frame)
  • Francesca da Rimini
  • France
  • 1835
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 166.5 x 234 cm
    Object size: 253 x 322 x 23.5 cm
  • Signature: 'Ary Scheffer. / 1835'
  • P316
  • Nineteenth Century Gallery
Further Reading
  • Scheffer enjoyed enormous success with sentimental and religious scenes, many of which became the subject of popular engravings. Francesca da Rimini was one of his most admired works – this is the first version, but he produced many others. A subject from Dante’s Inferno, it shows Dante and his guide, the Roman poet Virgil, during their passage through Hell. They look on the tragic figures of Paolo and Francesca, condemned with the souls of the lustful to the stormy darkness of hell’s second circle. Francesca had been forced to marry the hideous Gianciotto da Rimini, but had fallen in love with his handsome younger brother, Paolo. In 1285 they were murdered by Gianciotto. He had seen Paolo kiss Francesca while they were reading together an account of the love of Sir Lancelot for Queen Guinevere.