Panorama from the Sasso

Brown toned drawing of figure seated on low wall, vast countryside in background.
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  • Brown toned drawing of figure seated on low wall, vast countryside in background.

Date:

1649/1655

Artist:

Claude Lorrain
French, 1600-1682

About this artwork

For Claude Lorrain, one of the most important aspects of his adopted city of Rome was its surrounding countryside, the Campagna, which the artist studied, sketched, and painted all his life. His evocative classical landscapes were sought after by papal patrons as well as by aristocrats and royalty throughout Europe. For nearly a century after his death, travelers on the grand tour of European capitals judged real scenery according to his standards. In Claude’s landscapes, as in this superb drawing, order and tranquility prevail; men perform no labor but rather exist peacefully in beautiful pastoral settings blessed by the warm Roman light. Depicted here is the region around the Sasso, a large rock ten miles south of Civitavecchia, Rome’s modern seaport. Evidently made at the site of the rock itself, the drawing is remarkable in its mastery of subtle ink washes that evocatively suggest, rather than describe, the landscape and sea. Individual trees stand out as nearly geometric forms against the unifying light. The drawing’s horizontal format enhances the idyllic landscape’s panoramic sweep, which the viewer savors along with the solitary shepherd.

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Artist

Claude Lorrain

Title

Panorama from the Sasso

Origin

France

Date

1649–1655

Medium

Pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash, heightened with white gouache and traces of white chalk, over black chalk and graphite, on cream laid paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed verso, center, in pen and brown ink: "lo sasso Claudio Gillee/I-V fecit"

Dimensions

162 × 402 mm

Credit Line

Helen Regenstein Collection

Reference Number

1980.190

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