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Old Master, Clorinda et Tancred, Carle Vanloo, Antique Print, 1782

$350

Carle Vanloo (1705- 1765) (after)
Carlo Antonio Porporati (1741-1816) (engraver)
Clorinda et Tancred
[Clorinda and Tancred]
Paris: 1782
Etching and engraving before title
20.5 x 14.75 inches, sheet
$350

This print is after one of eleven paintings in the Palazzo Reale di Torino (Royal Palace of Turin) originally completed in 1733 by the French painter better known as Carle Vanloo (1705-1765). (Sometimes he signed his name “Charles Vanlo,” as in this print.) The paintings illustrate the story of Armida, Rinaldo, Erminia and Tancred, characters who first appeared in an epic poem called Jerusalem Delivered by the Italian poet Torquato Tasso (1544-95), and subsequently became popular characters in operas, poems and paintings. Rinaldo and Tancred are knights on the first of the Christian Crusades, Armida is an enchantress and their adversary, and Erminia is the daughter of a former Saracen king who falls in love with Tancred. In this scene, Tancred, holding a sword and shield, battles a woman named Clorinda, who is armed with a spear. Another example of this engraving, with title, is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (see References below).

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Description

From 1732-33, Vanloo completed two major commissions for palazzi there, including the royal palace at Turin, where he painted 11 works as part of a decorative scheme. This print is based on one of those paintings, which is installed to the right of a doorway (see above). Both Italy and France were important centers of religious and historical murals and ceilings painted in a decorative style. Vanloo’s style was influenced by Italian painting, but he was associated with the French Rococo style, however, his version was more restrained than that of his contemporary Boucher or his student Fragonard.

Carlo Antonio Porporati was an Italian painter and engraver. According to the inscription on the print, he was also the “Garde des Dessins de S.M. le Roi de Sardaigne, des Academies Royales de Peinture et Sculpture de Turin et Paris” (Keeper of Designs of His Majesty the King of Sardinia, of the Royal Academies of Painting and Sculpture of Turin and Paris).

Condition: Generally very good, with only minimal toning, wear, soft creases, and short marginal tears.

References:

“Clorinda and Tancred.” Philadelphia Museum of Art. 2017. http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/28342.html?mulR=447464127%7C7 (4 May 2017).

Debrabandère-Descamps, Beatrice. “Years of youth of Carle Vanloo (1705- 1735),” 2001, http://www.lou-nissart.com/archives/beauxarts/exposition/cvl4.html

“Jerusalem Delivered — Tancredi Fighting Clorinda.” The Athenaeum. 2000-2014. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=178048 (4 May 2017).

“Torquato Tasso,” 2002, http://www.abcgallery.com/liter/tasso.html

“Treasure of the Month.” St. Petersburg, Florida: Museum of Fine Arts. 1998. http://www.fine-arts.org/treasure/may_98/may98_treasure.html

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Century

18th Century