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Erminia and the Shepherds: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Erminia and the Shepherds illustrates a scene from one of the great epic poems in the Italian language, Jerusalem Delivered, by Torquato Tasso (1544-95), published in 1581. Guercino's masterpiece is a literal interpretation of stanzas 6 and 7 from the seventh canto of the poem:She rose; and gently, guided by her earCame where an old man on a rising groundIn the fresh shade, his white flocks feeding near,Twin-baskets wove, and listened to the soundTrilled by three blooming boys, who sate disporting round.They at the shining of her silver arms,Were seized at once with wonder and despair,But sweet Erminia soothed their vain alarms,Discovering her dove's eyes, and golden hair.This painting underwent an extensive and complex restoration during the fall of 2004. The ten-week long process was fully documented through text, video, and photography, and can be viewed in the interactive computer program located next to this gallery.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 17, 2009