Erminia meeting the wounded Tankred

Jan de Herdt (c. 1620 – c. 1684) | 1667 | oil on canvas, 156 × 156 cm

The canvas Erminia Meeting the Wounded Tankred was also based on the verses of Tasso’s work. The mortally wounded Tankerd meets Erminia at the moment when he succumbs to his injuries after a duel with Argent. The daughter of the Saracen king has fallen deeply in love with the Christian knight, and even the fact that they belonged to opposing sides has not prevented their love. Erminia, accompanied by Tankred’s servant, arrives late.



At Tancred’s name thither she ran with speed, 

Like one half mad, or drunk with too much wine,

And when she saw his face, pale, bloodess, dead, 

She lighted, nay, she stumbled from her steed:


Her springs of tears she loseth forth, and cries, 

 “Hither why bring’st thou me, ah, Fortune blind?

Where dead, for whom I lived, my comfort lies, 

Where war for peace, travail for rest I find;

Trancred, I have three, see thee, yet thine eyes

Looked not upon thy love and handmaid kind, 

Undo their doors, their lids fast closed sever,

Alas, I find thee for to lose thee ever.”