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Oil Painting - Erminia and the Shepherd

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1962P17
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1619 - 1620

Maker Information

Artist:Giovanni Francesco Barbieri - View biography for Giovanni Francesco Barbieri


The scene is taken from Torquato Tasso's epic poem, La Gerusalemme Liberata published in 1575. Erminia, a pagan princess in love with the crusader, Tancred, disguises herself in armour to follow him. She is chased from the Christian camp and flees to Arcadia where she meets an old shepherd weaving baskets. The reversal of gender roles was a popular theme amongst the playwrights of the period.

Purchased 1962.

Further Information

Production Period:17th century
School/Style:Old Master
Medium:Oil on canvas.
Material(s):Oil paint


Height:1490 mm
Width:1780 mm