Erminia Vafrino

Erminia and Vafrino Find the Wounded Tancredi

GIANANTONIO GUARDI

Author
GIANANTONIO GUARDI
(Vienna, 1699 – Venezia, 1760)
Title
Erminia and Vafrino Find the Wounded Tancredi
Catalogue
1387
Date
ca. 1750-1755
Support
Canvas, cm 253,5 x 263
Hall
Sala 6

Inspired by a drawing by Giambattista Piazzetta, translated into an etching for the 1745 illustrated edition of Torquato Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered, the canvas was part of a cycle that contained another seven identified paintings. In this episode, taken from canto XIX of the poem, Erminia, accompanied by Vafrino, discovers the wounded Tancredi after his duel with Argante, whose body lies lifeless on the left. The brilliant, vibrant chromatism and the sure, swift brushstrokes create the suggestion of an animated, inimitably fresh surface.