The crusaders attack Jerusalem: Godfrey is wounded; an angel brings a medicinal herb to accomplish what the surgeon cannot. Etching by Antonio Tempesta, 16--.

  • Tempesta, Antonio, 1555-1630.
[between 1600 and 1699]
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Episodes in Gerusalemme liberata by Torquato Tasso, canto XI, especially stanza 74. Godfrey of Bouillon (Goffredo) has been wounded in the leg by an arrow: he breaks off the shaft but the learned Paduan healer Erotimus cannot remove the head. In this print, the angel who has fetched the purple-flowered herb dittany from Mount Ida in Crete descends and squeezes juice from the herb into a jar held by an attendant. Erotimus stands by with his surgical instrument. With the aid of the herb, the arrowhead will come out of its own accord. Right, Christian cavalry. Centre background, the Christian assault on Jerusalem


[Rome?] : [publisher not identified], [between 1600 and 1699]

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1 print : etching ; image and border 14.5 x 18.4 cm


Prima con sacri priegi ... Ma le vittorie sue Notte interrompe. Bears number: XI

References note

Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, Antoine Tempesta no. 1218


Wellcome Collection 597146i



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