Claude Lorrain (1600-1682)Claude Lorrain was a Franch Baroque painter, especially famous for his landscape painting. He spent most of his professional life in Italy, where he devoted himself to the neo-classical architecture. He was also a close friend of his compatriot Nicolas Poussin.
Lorrain did numerous paintings with historical themes, but these served primarily to show classical architecture. It's always similar scenes - mostly a seaport - no matter if it is Odysseus, Cleopatra or biblical figures. History is for Lorrain thus mostly a reservoir of themes with which he is able tu put his landscapes in a context with a greter importance.