About this artwork
This painting of the ancient city of Delphi (in what is now Greece) presents a delicate rendering of the glowing Mediterranean atmosphere. Like many other foreign artists drawn to the ruins of antiquity, French painter Claude Lorrain was fascinated with the ancient Roman Empire. Here, he evoked a serene, bucolic world akin to the poetic vision of the ancient Roman writer Virgil, depicting the ruins restored to their original glory as Claude imagined. This painting was commissioned by Cardinal Carlo Camillo Massimi, an important and erudite collector in Rome.
- Claude Lorrain
- View of Delphi with a Procession
- Oil on canvas
- CLAUDIO [...] (lower right, barely legible)
- 101.6 × 127 cm (40 × 50 in.)
- Robert A. Waller Memorial Fund