Thursday, June 18, 2009

Landscape with Hagar

The Expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael (1668) by the French Baroque painter Claude Lorrain (1600-1682).

Lorrain worked in Italy and was famous for his landscape painting, which he normally decorated with some classical buildings and pastoral figures in classical dress. He was primarily interested in an ideal landscape and its illumination, second came the classical architecture. So here Hagar and Ishmael appear more as a decoration of the landscape.

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