Friday, May 15, 2015

THE Knight

by ilT + Selkis

One of the most interesting shifts from Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata to its remake, the Conquistata, concerns the main hero, originally called Rinaldo, then Riccardo (Richard). And while his weapons in GL consisted in a classic enchanted armor of fantasy literature, in GC it turns into a high-tech, super-powered, sci-fi device, quite like Iron Man's. The far source is Achilles in the Iliad, but reinterpreted in a very modern key.

This illustration was first published in the US anthology Emanations: Third Eye, International Authors, 2013. Indirectly, with a tribute to Go Nagai's space knight Duke Fleed, aka Actarus.