TIEPOLO, Giovanni Battista
(b. 1696, Venezia, d. 1770, Madrid)

Orlando Rescues Angelica from a Monster

1757
Fresco
Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Vicenza

This scene is on the wall of the room of Ariosto.

Ruggero, astride a hippogriff, swoops down from the sky to pierce the horrible sea monster that is about to hurl itself upon Angelica with his lance. But the dramatic event is upstaged by the sensual beauty of the young, naked woman chained to a rock at the edge of the sea.