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Landscape with the apulian shepherd changed into an olive tree, illustration from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', (XIV, 516-28), record of painting in Mertoun (Scotland) from the Liber Veritatis; in foreground figures dancing, musicians and the apulian shepherd (a figure with branches growing from his head and hands), and in background a lake
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, heightened with white
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Height: 197 millimetres
Width: 260 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
The scene that this depicts is a fusion of both the Ovidian episode of the transformation of the Apulian Shephard into an Olive Tree and Claude’s favoured subject of a Country Dance. In composition, it compares to LV113 and 125, while the dancers are also similar to LV129 and 108. It forms a pendant with LV141 (see 1957,1214.147) which is also of an Ovidian scene. Common to both drawings in relation to the paintings that they record, that of the present drawing being last recorded in the collection of the Duke of Sutherland, Mertoun, Scotland (see Roethlisberger 1961, fig. 237), is that the drawings modify the symettrical format in favour of one on a more diagonal axis. The pen handling in the present drawing is swift and light with short strokes of curling pen and thin washes with the brush. There are two preceding drawing, one now in the Teyler Musuem, Haarlem (see inv. no. S.36; Roethlisberger 1968, no. 805) and another more highly finished study now in the Royal Collection (see inv. no. 13,075; Roethlisberger 1968, no. 804).
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV142, pp. 338–40; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 806; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 142; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Tout l’oevure peint de Claude Lorrain’, Paris, 1986, no. 212
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
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Associated Title: Metamorphoses
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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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