Book/Printed Material Jerusalem Delivered. La Gerusalemme liberata di Torquato Tasso con le figure di Giambatista Piazzetta

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Title

  • Jerusalem Delivered.

Other Title

  • La Gerusalemme liberata di Torquato Tasso con le figure di Giambatista Piazzetta

Summary

  • La Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem delivered) is a verse epic by the late-Renaissance Italian poet Torquato Tasso (1544--95). Written in the eight-line stanzas common to Italian Renaissance poetry, Tasso's masterpiece is known for the beauty of its language, profound expressions of emotion, and concern for historical accuracy. The subject of the poem is the First Crusade of 1096--99 and the quest by the Frankish knight Godfrey of Bouillon to liberate the sepulcher of Jesus Christ. Tasso was born in Sorrento, in the Kingdom of Naples, and his interest in the Crusades probably was kindled by the sacking of Sorrento in 1558 by the Turkish Ottomans and the ongoing struggle between Muslim and Christian powers for control of the Mediterranean. He completed the work in 1575 but spent several years revising the text before it was published in 1581. Tasso's reputation as a poet and man of genius was well established in 17th-century Italy and throughout Europe by the 18th century. This monumental, two-volume edition of his most important work was completed in 1745 by the Venetian publisher and journalist Giovanni Battista Albrizzi (1698--1777), a member of a family active in the Venice book trade for some 150 years. The illustrations are by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (also called Giambatista Piazzetta; 1682--1754), a Venetian-born painter who was the first president of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia. The frontispiece is printed in red and black with a copperplate engraving of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria (1717--80), to whom the work is dedicated.

Contributor Names

  • Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista, 1682-1754 Illustrator.
  • Tasso, Torquato, 1544-1595 Author.

Created / Published

  • Venice, Italy : Giambatista Albrizzi, 1745.

Subject Headings

  • -  Israel--Jerusalem
  • -  1099 to 1244
  • -  Crusades -- First, 1096-1099
  • -  Epic poetry
  • -  Godfrey, of Bouillon, circa 1060-1100
  • -  Poetry

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "Shelfmark: D.120.15"--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 295 leaves : engraved plates, portraits, and illustrations.
  • -  Original resource at: University Library of Naples.
  • -  Content in Italian.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021666856

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Chicago citation style:

Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista, Illustrator, and Torquato Tasso. Jerusalem Delivered. Venice, Italy: Giambatista Albrizzi, 1745. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021666856/.

APA citation style:

Piazzetta, G. B. & Tasso, T. (1745) Jerusalem Delivered. Venice, Italy: Giambatista Albrizzi. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021666856/.

MLA citation style:

Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista, Illustrator, and Torquato Tasso. Jerusalem Delivered. Venice, Italy: Giambatista Albrizzi, 1745. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021666856/>.