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View of Delphi with a Procession

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée; French, 1600-1682)

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.


On View, Gallery 209


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Claude Lorrain


View of Delphi with a Procession


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Signed lower right: CLAUDIO [...] (barely legible)


101.6 × 127 cm (40 × 50 in.); Framed: 130.2 × 156.6 cm (51 1/4 × 61 5/8 in.)

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Robert A. Waller Memorial Fund

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