POUSSIN, Nicolas
(b. 1594, Les Andelys, d. 1665, Roma)

Tancred and Erminia

c. 1631
Oil on canvas, 98 x 147 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Poussin showed a preference to dealing with subjects such as the sentimental and melancholic scenes from Tasso's "Gerusalemme Liberata", for example the strange encounter Tancred and Erminia in dusky twilight. The scene is played out between two attentive horses - one bay the other white.