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Landscape with brigands attacking a group of peasants with their heads, record of a painting in a British private collection from the Liber Veritatis; a woman herding a cow and goats along a road which passes over a bridge and winds into the right foreground, buildings, bridge and a river at l
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, heightened with white; on blue paper
- Production date
- 1638 (circa)
Height: 197 millimetres
Width: 263 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
Brigands attacking peasants was presumably a regular occurrence in the Roman countryside, yet this is the only instance in which Claude depicted an episode so embedded in pastoral reality. Perhaps somewhat ironically then, it was made for the future Pope Clement IX (it is now in a private collection, see Roethlisberger 1968, fig. 91). For the composition, Claude recycled certain details observed from reality such as the round tower and water-wheel, that both feature in LV11 and LV22, while was more fantastical with the high tower and aqueduct, that also occurs in LV32. Another drawing related to this painting is in the Uffizi (inv. 1375 E, Roethlisberger 1968, no. 197) which is carefully executed and may well have been an independent pictorial work rather than a preliminary study.
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 191; M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV30, pp. 151–52; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 34
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
- Acquisition date
- 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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