Tasso reading his "Jerusalem Delivered," before the Duke of Ferrara, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 18
This is one of the earlier compositions of the artist, the painter No. 11. It is happily chosen in subject, giving the artist's hand free scope in dealing with the age of romance. Though the principal, or rather the centre figure, that of the poet, is rather stiff, it is well conceived. In front of him, on the dais, is Alphonso II., the Duke. Behind the latter, is Antonio; on the left the Duke's two beautiful sisters, Lucretia and Leonora,--one sitting, and the other standing behind leaning on her chair. The adjoining figure is that of the Cardinal Este, brother of the Duke. Others are ladies and nobles of the court. The management of light and shade in this picture is particularly fine. The costumes are historically correct, and will prove an interesting study to those who have a curiosity to know "what was worn." [P. 15; see entry 01550011 for other work noted in this commentary.]
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