Tasso through Tiepolo, Armida and Venice

Torquato Tasso was part of the Italian Renaissance movement. He spent most of his career perfecting his Christian epic, Jerusalemme Liberata, on the first crusades. His final edition was published in 1581. Immediately scenes from the epic began to be presented in art, in particular the love story between Rinaldo, a Christian warrior, and Armida, a pagan sorceress. Giambattista Tiepolo illustrated this love story in many of his paintings, however it is his Tasso Cycle, commissioned by the Corner family of Venice that exemplifies his knowledge of the text and shares a relationship to what Venice was experiencing in the 18th century. My project focuses on the relationship between Tiepolo’s Armida and his Venice.

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