Domenico Maria Canuti (Bologna 1620 - Bologna 1683)

The Parting of Rinaldo and Armida Sold

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, over an underdrawing in red chalk.
Inscribed canuti f.18 on the verso, backed.
189 x 258 mm. (7 1/2 x 10 1/8 in.)

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Canuti was known for his inventive compositions, and produced a number of drawings on literary or mythological themes, most of which do not seem to have been intended as studies for paintings and may have been produced as finished works of art for sale to collectors.

The present sheet is one of several drawings by Canuti depicting scenes from the story of Rinaldo and Armida, taken from Torquato Tasso’s epic poem Gerusalemme Liberata. These include another drawing of The Parting of Rinaldo and Armida, different in composition but very similar in style and technique to the present sheet, in the Louvre, as well as a drawing in the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin and two drawings in the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. Other stylistically comparable drawings by Canuti include another study of a subject from Tasso (possibly The Condemnation of Sophronia), and a Battle Scene, both in the Louvre, a group of five drawings of scenes from the life of Saint George in Stockholm and a drawing of The Sack of Troy in a private collection.

Domenico Maria CANUTI

The Parting of Rinaldo and Armida

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