Coast View with Perseus and the Origin of Coral

Artist: Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, Chamagne 1604/5?–1682 Rome)

Date: 1674

Medium: Pen, brown ink, brown, blue, grey wash, heightened with white gouache

Dimensions: 9 3/4 x 15 1/16 in. (24.7 x 38.2 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Whitridge Gift, 1964

Accession Number: 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.