Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Claudian Landscape

Claude Gelee (1600-1682) who is better known as Claude Lorrain or simply Claude became one of the most influential landscape artists by the end of the eighteenth century. The following painting is a typical Claudian landscape with an idealised mythological scene based on the story of how Mercury managed to steal the herd Apollo was guarding for King Admetus Typically, the picture is framed by trees and in the distance a river winds away with a classical building on the far side. Claude, Landscape with Apollo Guarding the Herds of Admetus, 1645

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