Pastoral Landscape: The Roman Campagna

Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 623

The hazy atmospheres of Claude’s landscapes evoke the start or end of a summer’s day. His characteristic style contrasts intense light in the background with lyrical shadow in the foreground. Rather than a strictly classical subject, Claude has included a building at left that was typical of the countryside outside Rome. Artists often envisioned these rural outskirts as an unchanging Arcadia, a utopian world based on ancient poetry and populated by shepherd poets and musicians, as seen in the middle distance.

Pastoral Landscape: The Roman Campagna, Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, Chamagne 1604/5?–1682 Rome), Oil on canvas

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