Friday, March 1, 2013

Gustave Doré - Ruggiero and Angelica

From Orlando Furioso. Gustave Doré
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The theme in Orlando Furioso where Ruggiero saves Angelica from the dragon is Renaissance version of the Perseus and Andromeda story.

The drawing by legendary Bible illustrator Gustave Doré (1832-1883) retains the power of the original myth penetrating deep into the submerged torrents in our mental structures, relations between men and women and the power of evil. These themes underlying the story largely explain the durability and popularity of the story of human sacrifice that has its ancient origins by the stormy seas in front of Joppe.

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