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Armida abandoned by Rinaldo

Armida abandoned by Rinaldo

Date : between 1742 and 1745

Material : Oil on canvas
Acquisition : Bequest of James Deering (1925)
Art Institute of Chicago
First Level - Section 218
Item 17 on 21
European Painting

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Tiepolo's Tasso Cycle

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1699 - 1770) was the most important and imaginative Venetian painter of the eighteenth century. Among Tiepolo's most lyrical works is this series of four paintings illustrating Torquato Tasso's (1544 - 1595) celebrated poem "Jerusalem delivered (Gerusalemme liberata)", first published in 1581.

In these paintings Tiepolo attempted to create a style that is a visual equivalent of Tasso's exalted poetry. In a fanciful account of the first crusade of 1099 and the subsequent capture of Jerusalem, Tasso described the Christian knight Rinaldo and the enchanting sorceress Armida. In his depiction of Rinaldo's struggle to overcome the charms of Armida and fulfill his mission to save the Holy Land, Tiepolo emphasized the conflict between love and duty.

A recently discovered inventory suggests that the Rinaldo and Armida series was originally displayed in a Venetian palace owned by the eminent Cornaro (Corner) family. Apparently, these four pictures, together with at least three oval paintings (now in the Galleria nazionale d'Arte Antica in Rome and the Norton Simon Art Foundation in Pasadena) and perhaps four narrow, vertical canvases (now in the National Gallery in London) once adorned a chamber in the Cornaro palace known as the "gabinetto degli specchi", or "the small room of mirrors". This location would partly account for the prominence of mirrors and mirrored surfaces in Tiepolo's paintings.

Armida abandoned by Rinaldo

Here, Carlo and Ubaldo persuade Rinaldo to leave Armida and rejoin their chivalric quest. Armida pleads with Rinaldo to remain. The scene poignantly contrasts love and duty :

She said no more, her tears her speeches broke
But in a swoon on earth outstretch'd she lies
what should he do? Leave on the naked sand
This woeful lady, half alive, half dead?
Kindness forbade, pity did that withstand;
But hard constraint, alas! did thence him lead.
(Torquato Tasso, Jerusalem Delivered, XVI,50,59,61)

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Art Institute of Chicago :
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Rinaldo and Armida the Magus of Ascalon
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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
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Rinaldo Enchanted by Armida
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J. Paul Getty Museum :
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Rinaldo's Conquest of the Enchanted Forest
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approx. from 1650 to 1655

Louvre Museum :
La mort de Tancrède
Jean-François-Théodore Gechter
Renaud dans les bras d'Armide
Simon Vouet
approx. from 1630 to 1660
La peinture à Gênes et à Naples au XVIIème siècle
Tancrède secouru par Herminie et Valfrin après le combat d'Argante
Herminie et Valfrin soignent les blessures de Tancrède après le combat d'Argante
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Les peintres de Louis XV
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Armide et le compagnon de Renaud
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Giuseppe Passeri
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approx. from 1685 to 1690
Peinture italienne - II
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Domenico Zampieri
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approx. from 1620 to 1621
Herminie chez les bergers
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Sizes : 1.26 m x 1.68 m
approx. from 1620 to 1625
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Les Amours de Renaud et Armide
Renaud et l'enchanteresse Armide
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Anthony - Anthonius van Dyck
Sizes : 1.33 m x 1.09 m
approx. from 1629 to 1632
La tentation de Charles et Ubalde
Charles et Ubalde allant délivrer Rinaldo
Thème littéraire
Giovanni Bilivert
Sizes : 37 cm x 28 cm
approx. from 1629 to 1630

Metropolitan Museum of Art :
Poussin, Gellée, de la Tour, de Champaigne, de la Hyre
The Companions of Rinaldo
Thème mythologique
Nicolas Poussin
Sizes : 1.18 m x 1.02 m
approx. from 1630 to 1633

New Pinacothek of Munich :
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Clorinde Freeing Olindo and Sofronia
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Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix
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Armida abandoned by Rinaldo
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