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Claude Lorrain's The Enchanted Landscape

Between February 3rd and May 6th, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt will be showcasing the work of Claude Lorrain (c. 1600–1682), one of the most important landscape painters of the seventeenth century.

Claude Lorrain (about 1600–1682) Ascanius Shooting the Stag of Silvia, 1682 Oil on canvas, 120 × 150 cm Ashmolean Museum, Oxford © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

The monographic exhibition, the first in Germany since 1983, presents about one hundred and thirty works from all phases of the important French Baroque artist’s production. The comprehensive exhibition comprises a high-caliber selection of paintings as well as Claude Lorrain’s unique drawings and printed works.

From his beginnings, Lorrain primarily devoted himself to landscape painting: his pictures were such a success that he soon received commissions from the pope, powerful cardinals, and European princes.

Lorrain based his paintings on the studies he made during numerous excursions through the rural environs of Rome, relying on precisely developed compositions to create timeless classic landscapes.Travelers from England who visited Italy on their Grand Tour acquired many of the artist’s paintings, and the greater part of his drawings and several of his etchings are also to be found in English collections today.

The exhibition on display on the upper floor of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main is open until May 6th 2012. It has been curated by Dr. Martin Sonnabend of the Städel Museum and Dr. Jon Whiteley of the Ashmolean Museum.

For further information, please visit: Staedel Museum. Images and information were taken from the same site.

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