Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, 1604/5?–1682)
Pen, brown ink, brown, blue, and gray wash, heightened with white gouache
9 3/4 x 15 1/16 in. (24.7 x 38.2 cm)
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Whitridge Gift, 1964 (64.253)
Of the seven drawings related to the painting Coast View with Perseus and the Origin of Coral, this highly finished sheet is closest to the final composition and may have been made as a modello. With the placement of the figures established, Claude focused on the delicate light effects, with the calm sea illuminated by the rising sun (or moon). The scene is framed by a dramatic rocky arch on the right and a lush repoussoir of trees on the left.