The Deliverance of Arsinoe (c. 1560) by Tintoretto

The Deliverance of Arsinoe - Tintoretto - c. 1560

Artwork Information

TitleThe Deliverance of Arsinoe
Datec. 1560
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions153 x 251 cm
Current LocationGemaeldegallerie Alte Meister, Dresden

About The Deliverance of Arsinoe

The Deliverance of Arsinoe is an oil painting by the great painter Tintoretto which is displayed in the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and dates back to 1560. It belongs to a series of six canvases depicting Arsinoe IV of Egypt, who famously fled from Alexandria after Julius Caesar arrived in the city in 48 BC and sided with her half-sister Cleopatra. The painting shows the moment of Arsinoe’s deliverance, with a ray of divine light falling from above as she is literally lifted away from danger.

Tintoretto masterfully illustrates this event, utilizing energetic brush strokes and his signature color palette that emphasizes the movement and light of the scene. This artwork offers insight into not only Tintoretto’s extraordinary artistic capabilities but also his understanding of human emotion. On another historical level, it serves as a reminder of important events during Roman rule.

The Deliverance Of Arsinoe exemplifies Tintoretto’s unique style, allowing viewers to witness a significant moment in history through his artistic portrayal. A similar artwork worth looking into is Rinaldo And Armida In The Garden by Giambattista Tiepolo – another great Baroque masterpiece painted around 1752 that pays homage to mythical figures with great skill and detail. Both paintings show how art can be used to bring historic tales alive while providing pleasure for viewers.

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