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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
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Height: 264 millimetres
Width: 198 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- LV 47 - 50 were for four paintings for Philip IV of Spain.
See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
The inscription on the verso of this drawing ‘quadro per il Re di Spagno’ leaves no ambiguity that it records one of the four paintings that Claude made for Philip IV of Spain and which are now in the Prado (Roethlisberger 1961, fig.113; inv. no. 2252). It forms a pair with LV47, and the other two paintings are LV49 and LV50. These are unusual in the Liber Veritatis (for which see 1957,1214.6) on account of their vertical format. Together, they not only record an important commission, but also mark the beginning of a new phase in Claude’s artistic development. They attest to a more monumental style in rendering landscape and a more classical language. It is not clear why the painting’s subjects were chosen but it must have been the decision of the patron. Santa Serpia’s Burial in an episode from the life of Santa Sabina and can be connected with her church on the Aventine Hill in Rome. The drawing accurately records the painting 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..
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- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
1978/9 Oct-Jan, Louvre, 'Claude Lorrain', no. 25
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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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