The Tasso Cycle, 1742-1745

1) G.B. Tiepolo, Rinaldo Enchanted by Armida, 1742-45 (Chicago Art Institute)

This is the first painting within the series, Armida has just discovered Rinaldo and is gazing upon him before she decides to take him to Syria. Tiepolo has depicted Armida as a superpower resting high above Rinaldo as he sleeps helplessly.

2) G.B. Tiepolo, Rinaldo and Armida in her Garden, 1742-45 (Chicago Art Institute)

In this painting Armida is on a more equal level with Rinaldo, although her expression is proud and aloof, he is awake and gazing upon her. Carlo and Ubaldo are hiding, waiting for the sorceress to leave so that they can take Rinaldo, foreshadowing  the next scene.

3) G.B. Tiepolo, Armida Abandoned by Rinaldo, 1742-45 (Chicago Art Institute)

In this painting Rinaldo is standing above Armida. Her hands are outstretched in desperation, she is now seen as inferior to the soldier. He looks as though he does not want to depart, but Carlo and Ubaldo are by his side and a boat is present in the background, alluding to his forced decision to leave the sorceress and return to battle.

4) G.B. Tiepolo, Rinaldo and the Magus of Ascalon, 1742-45 (Chicago Art Institute)

Armida is no longer present in this painting. Instead Rinaldo is standing proud with the Magus of Ascalon. His hair is pulled back, he has an intent expression on his face and appears as a strong warrior.

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