Erminia Finding the Wounded Tancred
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Erminia Finding the Wounded Tancred about 1650

On Display SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY

This large dramatic painting illustrates a scene from Torquato Tasso's great epic poem about the Crusades: 'Gerusalemme Liberata' ('Jerusalem Delivered') (1581). Erminia has rushed to the spot where her lover Tancred lies severely wounded. His squire Vafrino kneels over him. The complementary poses, gestures and expressions of the three figures reflect their emotions and the poignancy of the moment. The sombre hues of the landscape enhance the gravity of the event. Cardinal Fabrizio Savelli, Papal Legate of Bologna, commissioned the picture in 1650, but allowed the Duke and Duchess of Mantua to buy it from the artist in 1652.

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Details

  • Acc. No. NG 2656
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 244.00 x 297.00 cm (framed: 286.00 x 327.70 cm)
  • Credit Purchased by Private Treaty with the aid of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund, and corporate and private donations 1996