The Companions of Rinaldo

Artist: Nicolas Poussin (French, Les Andelys 1594–1665 Rome)

Date: ca. 1633

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 46 1/2 x 40 1/4 in. (118.1 x 102.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1977

Accession Number: 1977.1.2


This canvas probably belonged to the antiquary and collector Cassiano dal Pozzo. It illustrates an episode from Torquato Tasso’s (1544–1595) heroic crusader poem Jerusalem Delivered (1580), in which the Christian knights Carlo and Ubaldo confront a dragon in their attempt to rescue Rinaldo from a pagan sorceress. As the first crusade took place in the eleventh century, their antique Roman arms and armor are anachronistic.