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The Sight of Sibyls 2
In the first of these two articles, I showed paintings of Christian sibyls which were made before 1650, when they fell from favour. Angelica Kauffman (1741–1807), A Sibyl (1775), oil on canvas, 125.1 x 94 cm, Private collection. Wikimedia Commons. In 1775, Angelica Kauffman painted this faithful copy of... Read more
Changing Stories: Ovid’s Metamorphoses on canvas, 74 – The Shrinking Sibyl
In Book 14 of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Aeneas is at last making his way up the coast of Italy towards his destiny, leading to the foundation of the city and empire of Rome. The Story Having cleared the dangers of Scylla and Charybdis, and seen the Cercopes who had been... Read more
Jerusalem Delivered: 4 Clorinda saves Sophronia and Olindo
Torquato Tasso opens the first Canto of Jerusalem Delivered with a fairly conventional dedication to the muse, and homage to his patron, Alfonso II of Este. His narrative starts by setting events six years after the Pope’s call to crusade (actually in late 1095), and briefly mentions the capture... Read more