mercredi 6 juillet 2011

Nicolas Poussin

Rinaldo and Armida (c 1630) 

This scene comes from an epic poem by the baroque Italian writer Torquato Tasso celebrating the Crusades – a great theme for the counter-reformation renewal of the church in the 16th and 17th centuries. Poussin portrays Armida, one of the epic's chivalric characters, about to stab the sleeping knight Rinaldo when Cupid stays her hand. The figures and action are bold and abstract, which invites us to see it as an allegory of loving reason holding back murderous passion

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