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Coast scene with the Trojan women setting fire to their own fleet, illustration to Virgil's 'Aeneid', V, 604-95, record of the painting in the Metropolitan Museum, New York from the Liber Veritatis; in foreground women and children on shore, beyond women in rowing boats, and sailing ships
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, heightened with white, on blue paper
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Height: 199 millimetres
Width: 263 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
Roethlisberger pointed out in 1961 that this drawing depicts the episode described in Virgil’s Aenid in which Trojan Women set fire to the Trojan Fleet, rather than the women setting fire to the Greek fleet. The motive for Claude’s selection of this scene may have been related to the identity of the patron. The inscription at the base of the drawing shows that it records a painting made for Girolamo Farnese who had returned to Rome after a nunciature in Helvetia, and who was sufficiently learned to have encisaged such as work of art. This painting is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (inv. no. 55.119; Roethlisberger 1961, fig. 144). The drawing was made after the completed painting as accurately replicates it, with the excepton of the enlargement of certan details.
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV71, pp. 215–216; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 527; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 71
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Aeneid
- 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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