TASSO, Torquato. Il Goffredo overo Gierusalemme liberata del sig. Torquato Tasso. Con le figure intagliate in rame dal Tempesta. In Roma: per Filippo de Rossi, 1657. h., 521 p. Engraved cover. Full-page illustrations at beginning of each canto. Head and tail-pieces. Initials. Recent binding in full leather. Very rare edition with the 21 Tempesta engravings, in perfect condition!
Torquato Tasso (Sorrento, near Naples, March 11, 1544-Rome, April 25, 1595) was an Italian poet of the time of the Counter-Reformation. He is best known for his lengthy epic poem "Jerusalem Liberated" as well as the madness that plagued him in his later years. For some, he is one of the four great poets of Italy.
"Gerusalemme liberata" is the most famous work of Torquato Tasso. It is an epic poem in royal octaves, structured in 20 songs, whose theme is the siege of Jerusalem during the First Crusade. The theme (the defense of the Christian faith) is in keeping with the concerns of the Counter-Reformation, and expresses the desire for Christianity to unite in the face of the threat posed by the Ottoman Empire.
Antonio Tempesta (Florence, 1555-Rome, August 5, 1630), Italian painter and printmaker, active during the early Baroque. Tempesta has passed into posterity thanks to his activity as an engraver. At his death, more than 1800 works of this type were made.
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