Curator Spot! Brendan Flynn talks about ‘Erminia and the Shepherd’ – artist Guercino.
Brendan Flynn, Curator of Fine Art at BMAG, talks about ‘Erminia and the Shepherd’ (1619-20) by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, best known as Guercino.
The scene in the painting 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.
Watch a subtitled version of the video on Youtube.