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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Here they come (4)

The description of the Christian army approaching Jerusalem, as seen by a Muslim sentry, is - imho - a masterpiece of Baroque 'art': a dust cloud shining within, and little by little revealing its frightful contents.

In fact, Torquato Tasso is considered the initiator of Baroque culture, both through his style and his subject matters. In his long poem Il Mondo Creato he also described the technique of Renaissance painting, and showed a horror scene that will be almost exactly resumed by Francisco Goya in his juvenile work St Francis Borgia at the Deathbed of an Impenitent (painted in 1788, but with definitely Baroque atmospheres).