Rinaldo and the Magus of Ascalon

A work made of oil on canvas.
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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 takes place as Rinaldo rejoins the crusader army. As a consequence, it stresses the moral element of the story of Rinaldo and Armida. The boat bringing the knight from Armida’s island seems to have just deposited him and his companions, Carlo and Ubaldo, on the coast of Palestine. Here the magician of Ascalon uses Rinaldo’s shield to conjure up the heroic deeds of his ancestors, urging him to live up to their examples. Rinaldo appears more confident and mature than he does in the earlier canvases in the sequence, perhaps to serve as an example to the young member of the Cornaro family for whom the salon was splendidly redecorated.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 215

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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