Gulácsy, Paolo and Francesca notebook
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A/5 soft cover notebook in portrait format with blank pages and Lajos Gulácsy's painting on the cover. The gentle and melancholic picture of the lovers, placed in the twilight of the Italian landscape, was made by Lajos Gulácsy, which is still considered one of the most beautiful Hungarian Dante illustrations. With it we can surprise the lovers of medieval literature, Italian culture and modern Hungarian art.
Lajos Gulácsy: Paolo and Francesca, 1903© Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
This coloured drawing, one of the most celebrated by Lajos Gulácsy (1882- 1932), is a synopsis of the inspiration he derived from his first trip to Italy. His favorite city was Florence, where he could revel in his twin passions for the past and for Dante. Dante was the subject of a cult that swept across Europe in the second half of the 19th century. In Canto V of the Divine Comedy, describing his journey through the Inferno, the poet related his meeting with the protagonists of a true-life medieval morality tale, whose tragic story moved him tears: whilst reading abou Sir Lancelot and Guinevere, the daughter of a nobleman from Ravenna, Francesca di Rimini, succumbed to her love for her husband's younger brother, Paolo Malatesta. Though they shared just one kiss, they were caught by her jealous husband, who killed them. The slender Gothic figures in their medieval surroundings exude a sense of longing and melancholy, and in their distant gaze they seem to catch a glimpse at their inevitable fate. In its lines, its handling of colour, and the way the figures are conceived, the image recalls works of the Pre-Raphaelite painters.
|Size||210 mm x 148 mm|
|Paper||Niveus offset 80 g|