Francesca da Rimini 1837

On Display Scottish National Gallery

  • Scottish Art
Dyce acknowledged this as one of the finest paintings he produced in Edinburgh. Its subject was inspired by the ill-fated lovers described by Dante in his epic poem 'The Inferno'. Francesca, married to an elderly and deformed husband Giancotto, read to his younger brother Paolo and they fell in love. Giancotto surprised the lovers and murdered them. He was originally included in Dyce's composition. A hint of the tragic outcome is still suggested dramatically by the presence of Giancotto's disembodied hand at the left, a fortuitous result of the canvas trimmed to remove damage in 1882.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.



  • Acc. No. NG 460
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size framed: 183.00 x 219.00 x 16.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased by the Royal Scottish Academy 1864; transferred to the National Gallery of Scotland and presented 1910