Sigismunda mourning over the Heart of Guiscardo (Q7512183)

Label from: English (en)

artist: William Hogarth (Q171344)
collection: Tate (Q430682) National Gallery (Q180788)
location: Tate (Q430682)
material used: oil paint (Q296955) canvas (Q4259259)
instance of: painting (Q3305213)

catalog URL: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/hogarth-sigismunda-mourning-over-the-heart-of-guiscardo-n01046

information from the Tate catalog

description: Artwork page for ‘Sigismunda Mourning over the Heart of Guiscardo’, William Hogarth, 1759 This painting illustrates a dramatic scene from Giovanni Boccaccio’s celebrated medieval novel, the Decameron. The heroine Sigismunda holds a golden goblet sent to her by her father, Prince Tancred. Inside, is the heart of her dead husband, Giuscardo – one of Tancred’s servants. He has murdered him, enraged by their unsuitable secret marriage.This was Hogarth’s most deliberate attempt to prove that modern English painters could handle heroic themes as convincingly as the revered Italian old masters. But the picture received such harsh criticism that he almost completely …

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