Pastoral Landscape: The Roman Campagna

Artist: Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, Chamagne 1604/5?–1682 Rome)

Date: ca. 1639

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 40 x 53 1/2 in. (101.6 x 135.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Adele L. Lehman, in memory of Arthur Lehman, 1965

Accession Number: 65.181.12

Description

The painting has been identified with one of the drawings in the Liber Veritatis. The inscription on the back of this drawing states that the painting was executed in Rome for a client in Paris. The contrast between intense light in the background and the lyrical shadow in the foreground is characteristic of Claude’s landscapes, as is the building to the left, similar to many still visible in the Roman Campagna.

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