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Landscape with the Burial of St Serapia, record of the painting in Madrid in the Liber Veritatis; in foreground at right figures placing corpse into a sarcophagus, inscribed on its lid "sepurtur/sta sab[ina]", beyond ruins, with female figures beside columns, and in background at right the Colosseum
Pen and brown ink and grey-brown wash, heightened with white, on blue paper
- Production date
- 1639 (circa)
Height: 264 millimetres
Width: 198 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
LV 47 - 50 were for four paintings for Philip IV of Spain now in the Prado (see LV 47; 1957,1214.53 for more information).
Santa Serpia’s burial is in an episode from the life of Santa Sabina and is connected with her church on the Aventine Hill in Rome. The drawing accurately records the painting in the Prado but modifies the proportions, and it is worth remarking that it does not have the same clarity as LV47. Another drawing of the composition is in the Albertina (inv. no. 11,534; Roethlisberger 1968, no. 365), and which is one of Claude’s earliest repetitions outside of the 'Liber'.
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV49; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 364 M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 48..
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
1978/9 Oct-Jan, Louvre, 'Claude Lorrain', no. 25
- 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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