The Story of Griselda, Part II: Exile

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The story of a peasant woman called Griselda was told in The Decameron, a book written in the mid-fourteenth century. She was put through a series of tests by her rich husband, the Marquis Gualtieri di Saluzzo – we see three of them in this painting. In the background on the left, two tiny babies in white swaddling bandages are secretly carried away; the Marquis told Griselda he had ordered their children to be killed. Next, he pretended that he had annulled their marriage, and Griselda can be seen in the centre returning her wedding ring. She appears again in the next arcade, half-undressed: now divorced she returns her beautiful clothes and, wearing only her underdress, returns to her father’s house. Loyal throughout her ordeal, Griselda became a model of wifely virtue.

The National Gallery, London



The Story of Griselda, Part II: Exile


about 1494


Oil with some tempera on wood


H 61.6 x W 154.3 cm

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Bought, 1874

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