Erminia and the Shepherds
  • TitleErminia and the Shepherds
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 82 x 104,5 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 129 x 146 x 17 cm
  • DatingSigned 1859
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Eugène Delacroix, French, born 1798, dead 1863
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 2246
  • AcquisitionGift 1920 Nationalmusei Vänner
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1651 Temporary Exhibitions
  • Description
    Images and media

    Several of Delacroix’s paintings are on subjects from the Italian Renaissance poet Torquato Tasso’s epic poem Jerusalem Delivered from 1581 – a story about the battle between the mediaeval crusaders and the Muslim Saracens. In Tasso’s story, Erminia is a Syrian princess who has fallen in love with the Christian crusader Tancred. The painting shows a scene in which she is disguised as a knight to search for her lover who has been wounded in battle. Erminia encounters some shepherds who are frightened by her belligerent appearance.