This romantic scene is based on an opera composed in 1686 and shows the sorceress Armida who beguiled and captured a band of crusaders, all except their leader Renaud, the most formidable of them who was able to resist her charms. She is determined to kill him but on seeing him, falls in love. She is the niece of the King of Damascus who preferred she turn from war to love.
The original painting from which the engravings are done was by 18th Century artist Antoine Coypel who was first painter to the King of France. The engraver is Jo. Audran, from a family of famous sculptors, artists, and engravers.
Roughly translated the script beneath the scene says: "What force resists the trap of love. Rinald and Armide, by accident, fall both in the pitfall which love raises them." The painting was dedicated to the very high and very powerful lord monseigneur Armand de Plessis, Duke of Richelieu and of Fronsac, Peer of France, Knight of the Order of the King.
Further information is that Coypel apparently had a shop "what sells in Paris at Rue St. Jacques, a golden pillars with the King's Privy by his very humble servant, A. Coypel."
The engraving is 28" long and 23.5" high, framed. The image alone is 22.5 x 16.5.
Condition of the engraving is very good although the frame has three little losses of wood. The piece is doubled matted and glass has been added to protect the engraving.
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