Maurice Fenaille, Etat général des tapisseries de la manufacture des Gobelins, Paris, 1924, Vol. I, pp. 319-328 'Renaud et Armide. D'après Vouet
Gabriele Quaranta, Deux générations à côté du pouvoir: quelques remarques sur les arts chez les de Fourcy, Livraisons de l'histoire de l'architecture, 2013
Jacques Thuillier, Vouet, cat. exposition, Paris, 1990-1991, p. 116
In each of the paintings, Vouet sought staging - often theatrical - key moments from Rinaldo and Armida’s story. The present episode is described as : « Dans un riche jardin, au fond duquel s’élèvent des portiques magnifiques, Rinaldo est étendu et tient dans la main droite un miroir où se regarde Armide. De petits Amours apportent des bijoux. Cachés derrière les autres, à gauche de l’autre côté d’une mare où s’ébattent des canards Charles et Ubald contemplent la scène » (In a rich garden, the background has magnificent porticoes, Rinaldo is reclining and holds in his right hand a mirror where Armida looks at herself. Little Cupids bring jewelry. Hidden behind the others, on the left of the other side of a pond where ducks are frolicking, Carlo and Ubaldo contemplate the scene).
This cycle, woven three times for the Crown and several times for private patrons, became part of the Barberini collections quite early. Nowadays, it is the most complete cycle and was transferred to the Flint Institute of Arts. The model similar to ours is listed under inventory number 2005.124.5. The story was popular throughout the 17th century, at a time when the style evolved towards a literature with desired results. Therefore, the adventure continued to please and inspired 18th century artists, as evident with artworks by François Boucher, Jean-Honore Fragonard, and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Marie Leszczynska also had a tapestry of Rinaldo and Armida’s love story in her royal chamber. A tapestry similar to the presented, entitled Rinaldo in Armida's Arms, made by Parisian workshops during the second half of the 17th century, is part of the Louvre (OAR 522) collection. Another, woven in the Faubourg Saint Marcel looms is kept in the Château of Haras du Pin (illustrated in "Vouet", Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, exh. cat, 517, Fig. 147). Another hanging, also illustrating this passage, woven in the same looms, was auctioned at Sotheby's London on 29 May 1998 (lot 15).
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