The Hermit and the Sleeping Angelica, by Rubens

The Hermit and the Sleeping Angelica is a work by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) inspired by a scene from the Italian epic poem Orlando Furioso, by Ludovico Ariosto, which reads: “I remembered my dear Angelica: / As she set off on a flight / And in the flight met hermit“. The fact that Rubens’s wife died in 1626, the same year in which it was painted, and that the painter lived in sorrow at that time – perhaps preferring to live forever as a hermit, in memory of his wife – is also considered a leitmotif of the work.
It now belongs to the Kunsthistorisches Museum’s collection in Vienna.