Godfrey of Boulogne Summons His Chiefs to Council

Godfrey of Boulogne Summons His Chiefs to Council
Francesco Guardi (Italian, 1712-1793)
c. 1755
Oil on canvas 
98-1/2 x 43-1/4 in. (250.2 x 109.9 cm) 
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The Norton Simon Foundation 
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© The Norton Simon Foundation 
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Here Guardi portrays an event connected with the liberation of Jerusalem by the Crusaders. Inspired by the Italian poem "Gerusalemme Liberata" by Torquato Tasso, he shows Godfrey de Boulogne summoning his chiefs to decide on the attack and the subsequent election of a leader. Such large-scale, figurative subjects were confined to Guardi's youth. His larger fame derives from his atmospheric and beautifully painted views of Venice.


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