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Oil Painting of a Young Couple - X.0511
Origin: Europe
Circa: 18 th Century AD
Dimensions: 59.50" (151.1cm) high x 49.50" (125.7cm) wide
Collection: Decorative
Medium: Oil on Canvas


Location: Great Britain
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This impressive oil painting from 18th century portrays the two lovers known as Armida and Rinaldo. They are the protagonists of the epic poem La Gerusalemme Liberata from the Italian writer Torquato Tasso (1559-1580). Armida, a Saracen sorceress, was sent to the Holy Land in order stop the Christians succeeding in their First Crusade. Her main duty was to kill Rinaldo- a Christian soldier- but she fell in love with him instead. Armida then creates an enchanted garden where to hold her lover as prisoner. Rinaldo will escape from his imprisonment with the help of two soldiers, who hold a shield to his face so that he can remember his identity by looking at his reflection. This painting no doubt takes inspiration from the famous version of the well-known Italian artist Annibale Carracci (1560-1609). Annibale was the first painter to work on the poem’s famous love episode. Together with his brother Agostino and his cousin Ludovico he was one of the main contributors to the development of the Baroque style in Italian art, starting his own school of art in 1582 under the name Accademia degli Incamminati. This version depicts the moment when Armida enchants Rinaldo, looking intensely into the mirror that Rinaldo is holding. The exquisite execution and the vibrant colors make this painting an extraordinary example of the technique used from 18th Century Italian school. - (X.0511)

 

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