View of La Crescenza

Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 623

In its immediacy and lively surface, this small painting recalls drawings that Claude created from nature in the hills outside Rome. It is unique among his compositions in that it represents an existing building rather than one taken from his imagination. The building, which still stands, was a medieval fortress transformed into a country house that belonged to the aristocratic Crescenzi family. This painting underscores the fine line between what artists like Poussin and Claude encountered outside Rome and how they filtered it through a historical lens.

View of La Crescenza, Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, Chamagne 1604/5?–1682 Rome), Oil on canvas

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