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Pastoral Landscape

circa 1628-1630
17th century
61.4 cm x 88.2 cm (24 3/16 in. x 34 3/4 in.)

Claude Lorrain (Lorraine, France, 1604 - 1682, Rome, Italy) Primary

Object Type: painting
Artist Nationality: Europe, French
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.1217

This painting portrays two shepherds in love, their grazing flocks, and a soft light bathing an Italian palace. As an early pastoral by Claude Lorrain, it combines his sketches of the Roman countryside with imagery from ancient art and poetry, which idealized the shepherd’s life as being one of serenity and peace. Claude roamed the hills and pastures surrounding the city and created carefully observed landscapes that demonstrate the harmonious relationships between humans and nature, a theme apparent in this painting: two lovers embrace, a palace emerges from a natural rock formation, and a town rests on a tree-lined ridge.

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