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

Angelica and Medoro with the Shepherds

Fresco, 250 x 250 cm
Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Vicenza

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

Angelica is the daughter of a king of Cathay in Orlando Furioso, by the Italian poet Ariosto (1474-1533), a romantic epic poem about the conflict between Christians and Saracens at the time of Charlemagne. Angelica was loved by several knights, Christian and pagan, among them the Christian hero Orlando (Roland). He was maddened (furioso) with grief and jealousy because she became the lover of, and eventually married, the Moor Medoro.

The fresco portrays a scene from the love story of the young knight and the maiden Angelica from Ariosto's "Orlando furioso". The two are given temporary shelter by a shepherd couple, once Angelica has found and cared for the wounded Medoro. As a way of thanking them for their hospitality, Medoro gives them the ring which Angelica had previously received from Orlando. The simple depiction of the peasants brings to mind Giandomenico's country scenes in the foresteria.