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Rinaldo and the Magus of Ascalon

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




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.


On View, Gallery 215


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Giambattista Tiepolo


Rinaldo and the Magus of Ascalon


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


182.9 × 188 cm (72 × 74 in.)

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Bequest of James Deering

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