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