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Olindo and Sophronia tied to the stake, Studio of Luca Giordano (1632-1706).

Oil on canvas, 48cm by 61cm.

The painting was purchased by John, 5th Earl of Exeter whilst in Italy on one of his four Grand Tours in the late 17th Century. It first appears in the Burghley Inventory of 1763: “the dressing room…..Olindo and Sophronia by L: Jordanus”.

The story of Olindo and Sophronia is taken from the poem Gerusalemme Liberata, written in 1581 by the Italian poet Torquato Tasso (1544-1595). It was an imaginary version of the clash between Christians and Muslims during the Siege of Jerusalem at the end of the First Crusade in 1099.



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