1819. Oil on canvas. Musée Turpin de Crissé, Angers, France. More.
Paolo and Francesca.
Francesca, daughter of Giovanni da Polenta, count of Ravenna, was given in marriage to Giovanni Malatesta of Rimini in return for his military services. She fell in love with Paolo, her husband’s brother. When their relations were discovered, the two lovers were put to death in 1289. The story of Paolo and Francesca was the subject for music, painting, literature compositions throughout centuries. It was used, among others, by Dante
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