Jerusalem Delivered Essay

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Charles Carman argues that Lodovico Cardi's painting "The Liberation of Jerusalem" is an interpretation of Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata.

The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin has a painting of The Liberation of Jerusalem in its collection. One enters the carefully arranged and brilliantly colored composition through the most prominent figure on a rearing horse who signals the onslaught enacted to the right. In sharp contrast is the relaxed and somewhat melancholy allegory of victory reclining in the foreground. By combining a keen historical accuracy with an allegorical figure to suggest the context and purpose of action, the painter reveals himself to be acutely sensitive to Torquato Tasso's epic poem Gerusalemme liberata. Before pursuing this relationship, however, there is a question of authorship to resolve.

Currently attributed to Ambrose Dubois, the painting actually belongs to the oeuvre of Lodovico Cardi, 'Il Cigoli.' Through comparisons with known works by...

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