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.


Port Scene with the Departure of Ulysses from the Land of the Feaci (1646)

Lorraine: Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba

Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba (1648)

Lorraine: Aeneas at Delos

Landscape with Aeneas at Delos (1672)

Lorraine: Aeneas's Farewell to Dido

Aeneas's Farewell to Dido in Carthago (1676)