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Claude Lorrain (1604/5-82)

A View of the Campagna from Tivoli 1645

Oil on canvas | 98.2 x 131.2 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 404688

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These two shepherds conversing represent Claude’s minimum quota of figures. Instead the subject here is the countryside around Rome, where a visitor today could still appreciate a similar view. The artist captures the light just before the sun disappears. The rocky landscape and cascades emerge from behind a grey haze, which turns blue where the land plateaus. The small bump on the horizon is the dome of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.