Michael Heindorff silk screen ‘Tasso’s Tree II’



A large silkscreen printed in colour on thick wove paper signed in pencil by the artist. In the lower right margin, in left margin Studio Proof 2/2 written in pencil by the artist. There is a heavy crease in the centre of the lower image which has affected the inks surface; the sheet has some light handling folds otherwise in good condition.

Sheet size 90 x 68cm (36 x 26.5 inches)


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Torquato Tasso 1544-1595 acclaimed but troubled Italian poet wrote his epic work ‘Jerusalem Delivered in 1575. Harking back to Virgil’s Polydorus his character Tancredi, having slain his Clorinda, enters the forest outside of Jerusalem, which has been enchanted by Ismend to prevent their felling for siege towers by the crusading knights. When he slashes out at a tree it bleeds blood and cries out in Clorinda’s voice. All the enchanted trees react as humans.

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