Erminia and the Shepherd

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri

Erminia and the Shepherd
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 26cm x 22cm

Description

The scene is taken from Torquato Tasso's epic poem, La Gerusalemme Liberata published in 1575. Erminia, a pagan princess in love with the crusader, Tancred, disguises herself in armour to follow him. She is chased from the Christian camp and flees to Arcadia where she meets an old shepherd weaving baskets. The reversal of gender roles was a popular theme amongst the playwrights of the period.

Image Details

Dimensions
 
1490mm x 1780mm
Medium
 
Oil on canvas.
Acquisition
 
Purchased 1962.
Accession Number
 
1962P17

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