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Palma Vecchio: 'Portrait of a Poet (Ariosto?)'

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The painting has been supposed to represent a poet for the figure has a book in his hands and there are laurels (with which poets were crowned) behind him. It probably dates from about 1516 when the poem 'Orlando Furioso' was published and achieved instantaneous fame, and so has been proposed as a portrait of the author, Lodovico Ariosto (1474 - 1533).

Ingres's 'Angelica saved by Ruggiero', in the Collection depicts a subject from Ariosto's work.

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