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A Classical Landscape, 17th century

Claude Gellée called Claude Lorrain

French, 1600-1682
Oil on panel
10-3/4 x 20-1/4 in. (27.3 x 51.4 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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This intimate panel is a marvelous example of the poetic, classicizing landscape developed by Claude Lorrain. The progression of space into the distance is registered by alternating bands of light and dark. The presence of the shepherd and young flautist, framed on the right by trees, does not distract from the importance of nature in its immensity, peacefulness and beauty.

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