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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)

'Francesca de Rimini' 1860

Albumen print? | RCIN 2865028

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Photograph of a work by Ary Scheffer, the prime version of which was created in 1835. Full-versions of the painting can be found in the Louvre in Paris (R.F. 1217), the Wallace Collection in London (P316) and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Inspired by a scene from Dante's Inferno, the work depicts the murdered lovers Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta. Entwined in each other's arms, the couple is swept through the air, partly covered by drapery. Dante and Virgil are standing in the background to the right viewing the dramatic scene.
Scheffer (and his studio) continued throughout his life to produce new works of old compositions on demand. His paintings were also widely reproduced as etchings.

  • Creator(s)

    After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
    Virgil (70-19 BC)
    Rimini, Francesca da
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs