Visitors to the Ashmolean Museum can explore an unconventional side to artist Claude Lorrain this winter.
Claude Lorrain: The Enchanted Landscape is open until 8 January 2012 and Michael Clarke, director of the Scottish National Gallery, will give a lecture on ‘Claude’s Enduring Legacy’ at the Taylorian lecture theatre on 16 November 2011. The lecture begins at 2pm and is free to the public on a first-come-first-served basis.
Across the road from the Taylor Institution, the Ashmolean Museum’s exhibition brings together 140 works by Claude from international collections, created in different styles and at different points of the artist’s career. Lorraine was the first artist to specialise in painting ‘pairs’ – approximately half his compositions were made as companion pieces. By uniting many of these ‘pairs’ and making a comprehensive survey of his work in different media, the exhibition brings new research to bear on his working methods.
Jon Whiteley, Exhibition Curator and Senior Assistant Keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum, said: ‘Claude’s art is recognisable to almost all of us, even if we are less familiar with his name, and this important exhibition will reintroduce us to one of the greatest painters of all time.’