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Pastoral landscape with the Flight into Egypt, record of painting in the Staatliche Kunstsammlung, Dresden from the Liber Veritatis; in foreground group of figures and cattle and goats at l, at right goats on bank of river, beyond at left Joseph with Mary riding a donkey and holding the Christ child
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, with grey wash
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Height: 196 millimetres
Width: 261 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
Claude depicted the Flight into Egypt on multiple occasions across his career: see for instance LV38, 60 and 104. All are generally consistnent in the relegation of the biblical episode to a smaller detail in favour of a striking depiction of a landscape inspired by the Roman Campagna. The composition itself is a modification on that first explored in LV93 and also compares with LV104 and LV117. The present composition records a painting that Claude made for a Mr. Parasson in Lyons together with its pendant of LV109 (see 1957,1214.115). It had passed into the possession of Cardinal Marazin by 1653 and is now in Dresden (see inv. no. 730; canvas, 102 x 134 cm; Roethlisberger 1986 no. 175). The composition itself is a modification on that first explored in LV93 and also compares with LV104 and LV117.
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV110, pp. 274–75; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 639; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 110; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Tout l’oevure peint de Claude Lorrain’, Paris, 1986, no. 175.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
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- Acquisition notes
- Accepted by H M Government in lieu of tax on the estate of the 9th Duke of Devonshire.
See M. Kitson's 'Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis', pp. 28-9, for a full account of the provenance of the sketch-book.
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