Rinaldo rescued from Armida

Benjamin West American

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West's sketch illustrates "Jerusalem Liberata," an epic poem by Torquato Tasso published in 1581. The story tells of the crusader knight Rinaldo kidnapped by Armida, a sorceress, who takes him to a magical island where the two fall in love. Eventually, the knight's companions Carlo and Ubaldo find him, break the spell, and enable Rinaldo to return to battle. Here, the knight's friends urge him to board a skiff as Armida desperately tries to persuade him to stay.

Rinaldo rescued from Armida, Benjamin West (American, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 1738–1820 London), Graphite

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