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Rinaldo and the Magus of Ascalon

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1742/45

Artist:

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Italian, 1696–1770

About this artwork

The fourth and final large narrative canvas from Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s decorative suite stresses the moral of the story and takes place as Rinaldo rejoins the crusader army. The boat bringing the knight from Armida’s island has just deposited him on the coast of Palestine. The magician of Ascalon uses Rinaldo’s shield to conjure the heroic deeds of his ancestors, urging him to live up to their legacy. In contrast to earlier canvases in the sequence, the young knight appears focused on his mission. In his choice to return to battle, the figure of Rinaldo would have served as a positive example of civic duty for the family who commissioned these decorations.

Status

On View, Gallery 215

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Giambattista Tiepolo

Title

Rinaldo and the Magus of Ascalon

Origin

Italy

Date

1742–1745

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

182.9 × 188 cm (72 × 74 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of James Deering

Reference Number

1925.702

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