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Landscape with Cephalus and Procris reunited by Diana, illustration to Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', (VII, 795-866), record of the painting in the National Gallery, London (NG 2), from the Liber Veritatis; in foreground at right three figures, at left and centre cattle crossing a river, and at left figure sitting on a tree trunk
Pen and brown ink and brown wash
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Height: 198 millimetres
Width: 265 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
The subject that this drawing depicts derives from Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Book VII, 795–866), but Claude here diverted from the narrative by showing Diana present at the moment of the reconciliation of Cephalus and Procris. Claude was to depict this subject on multiple occasions: for instance, first in the early 1630s in a painting in Berlin (see Roethlisberger 1961, fig. 24), in 1646 when he depicted another episode from the narrative, for which see LV 100; 1957,1214.106 and again in 1664 (for which see LV 163, 1957,1214.169). Most notably, this composition relates to two paintings made contemporaneously by Claude: one in the National Gallery (NG 2; Canvas, 102 x 132 cm; Roethlisberger 1986, no. 154) and the other in the Doria Pamphilj Gallery (Roethlisberger 1986, no. 155) but with the figures in reverse. This latter painting is repeated in highly pictorial pen and ink drawing formerly in the collecton of Johann Goethe, and it is debateable whether this was made before or after the two paintings (see Roethsliberger 1968, no. 586).
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV91, pp. 248–49; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 586; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 91; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Tout l’oeuvre peint de Claude Lorrain’, Paris 1986, nos. 154 & 155
- 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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