Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

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
Related Objects

The Round Tower Ruptured to Reveal the Statue of the King of the Romans

Artist: Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, Chamagne 1604/5?–1682 Rome) Date: 1637 Medium: Etching; second state of two (Mannocci) Accession: 1999.361 On view in:Not on view

Landscape with Erminia

Artist: Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, Chamagne 1604/5?–1682 Rome) Date: ca. 1630 Medium: Oil on wood Accession: 2013.197 On view in:Gallery 618

Rebecca and Eliezer taking leave of her father, Bethuel, set in a landscape, a large tree to the left

Artist: Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, Chamagne 1604/5?–1682 Rome) Date: ca.1640–45 Medium: Etching Accession: 2012.136.394 On view in:Not on view

A landscape with a monk and an angel in the center, a town to the left (The Vision)

Artist: Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, Chamagne 1604/5?–1682 Rome) Date: ca.1630–40 Medium: Etching Accession: 2012.136.268 On view in:Not on view

Harbor with rising sun, figures in foreground, colonnade on left

Artist: Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, Chamagne 1604/5?–1682 Rome) Date: ca. 1634 Medium: Etching Accession: 2012.136.266 On view in:Not on view