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Perseus and the Origin of Coral

Artist:
Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, Chamagne 1604/5?–1682 Rome)
Date:
ca. 1671
Medium:
Black chalk, sepia and black ink, sepia and gray wash heightened with white
Dimensions:
10 x 12 13/16 in. (25.4 x 32.5 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.661
Not on view
The rarely depicted subject of Perseus and the Origin of Coral is derived from Ovid's Metamorphoses. This drawing is one of seven known preparatory studies for one of Claude's most important late paintings: "Coast View with Perseus and the Origin of Coral" (Coke Collection, Holkham Hall, Norfolk), four of which depict the entire composition. The painting was commissioned by his patron, Cardinal Camillo Massimi, and executed in 1674.
Inscription: At lower left: CLAVDIO / fecit / pensier de Ill.mo / il Cardinalle di massim o ; annotated at the lower right in sepia ink: 16

Marking: Laid down; some stains in the upper section
Richard Houlditch, London; Houlditch sale, London, 1760; Henry Oppenheimer, London; Viscountess Churchill, London; [Churchill?] sale, Sotheby's London, April 29, 1937; [John Hunt]; acquired by Robert Lehman in 1937
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