Although traditionally attributed to Paolo de Matteis, this fresh, colorful canvas has been identified by Professor Nicola Spinosa, to whom we are grateful, as a work of De Matteis' brother-in-law and collaborator, Giovanni Battista Lama (written communication, 8 September 2016). Professor Spinosa plans to publish the present work in his forthcoming monograph on Francesco Solimena.
A slightly larger version of this picture, which Spinosa also attributes to Lama, was sold at Sotheby's, New York, on 17 April 1986, lot 51. A pair of canvases of identical size to the present work, also showing scenes from Tasso, were sold at Christie's, London, 26 November 1976 lot 22. Still another set, showing Carlo, Ubaldo and Rinaldo were with Agnew's, London, and it was these that featured in the Burlington Magazine's 'Notable Works of Art Now on the Market', CX, Decmber, 1968, when a connection was suggested with the frescoes of 1721 by Paolo de Matteis', formerly in the Palazzo Pignatelli in Moteleone, Naples. Although the abovementioned works have traditionally been given to de Matteis, Spinoa's attribution of this and the ex-Sotheby's, 1986 version open the possibility that these works are not sketches, as has often been supposed, but, in fact, ricordi.