Synopsis[ edit ] To prevent the capture of Jerusalem by the knights of the First CrusadeThe Prince of Darkness has sent the enchantress Armida into the world to seduce the Christian heroes and turn them from their duty.
Poussin used many of its characters, Tancred and Erminia, Carlo and Ubaldo, and Rinaldo and Armida as sources for his work. The poem is set at the time of the First Crusade and follows the vicissitudes of fighting Christians and Saracens.
Having lulled him into a deep sleep with her incantations, Armida proceeds to kill Rinaldo. But as she strikes the Christian hero, she falls in love with him: Overwhelmed by love, Armida transports the sleeping Rinaldo in her flying chariot to the island of Fortuna in the middle of the ocean.
Armida swiftly approaches in her blue and white wind-swept robes; the dagger in her right hand ready to slay. Tasso introduced his poem with an Allegoria in which he explained how many of the characters and events in the ""Gerusalemme Liberata"" symbolized different concepts.
Rinaldo portrayed, according to the poet, war-like temperament. If directed by Understanding, this would lead to positive results, but if guided by Concupiscence it would lead to harmful effects. As argued by Anthony Blunt, therefore, the Dulwich canvas depicts an allegory of the human struggle between Reason and Concupiscence.In his epic Gerusalemme liberata, Rinaldo is a fierce and determined warrior who is also honorable and handsome.
Armida has been sent to stop the Christians from completing their mission and is about to murder the sleeping soldier, but instead she falls in love.
Grazie a Caterina Masso che si è occupata dell’inglese e dell’etichetta (come si scrive a un reale inglese?), a Francesca Centofanti che ha raccolto tutte le firme in ore e ore di lavoro, mentre ogni persona che può sta percorrendo tutte le strade percorribili – anche noi un’altra – pubblichiamo l’ultimo disperato tentativo.
Torquato Tasso (Italian: [torˈkwaːto ˈtasso]; 11 March – 25 April ) was an Italian poet of the 16th century, best known for his poem Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered, ), in which he depicts a highly imaginative version of the combats between Christians and Muslims at the end of the First Crusade, during the Siege of Jerusalem.
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Rinaldo by Casa Armida, San Pedro, Nuevo Leon.
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