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Armida, The Sorceress, Calls Upon The Powers Of Magic To Avenge Her Loss

Simon Vouet

French, 1590 - 1649

Manufactory of Raphael de la Planche

French, active 1629 - 1661

Armida, the Sorceress, Calls Upon the Powers of Magic to Avenge Her Loss, ca. 1633-1637

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Wool and silk (modern cotton lining)

Dimensions: 181 × 92 in. (459.7 × 233.7 cm)

Gift of Viola E. Bray, 2005.124.8

This second entrefenêtre shows Armida summoning her powers of magic to avenge her loss. From the despair of her abandonment, the spurned sorceress quickly succumbs to a fierce rage that demands revenge upon Rinaldo and upon all of the Christian crusaders. She is shown in a fury amidst sparks and a dark cloud that eclipses the sun. She decides to leave the island in order to gather her soldiers and her allies for a climactic battle outside the walls of Jerusalem, where she intends to fight the enemy to the death.

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