Honfleur: Calvary

Camille Corot French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 803

The site of the Calvary, a shrine built in 1628 at the top of a cliff overlooking the medieval town of Honfleur, was popular in the nineteenth century among tourists, pilgrims, and people offering prayers for men at sea. Corot painted this work during a trip to Normandy, probably in 1830.
Its first known owner was the landscape painter Henri-Joseph Harpignies, whom Corot encouraged from the early 1850s onward.

Honfleur: Calvary, Camille Corot (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris), Oil on wood

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