Marie Spartali Stillman
British, 1844 - 1927
The Enchanted Garden of Messer Ansaldo
The subject of this painting is taken from Boccaccio's Decameron which tells the story of Messer Ansaldo's love for Madonna Dionara, the virtuous wife of another man. With the aid of sorcery he makes the garden blossom in the depths of winter in order to win her.
This painting may have inspired John William Waterhouse's painting 'The Enchanted Garden'.
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