Claude Gellee

Landscape with Christ on the Road to Emmaus

Landscape with Christ on the Road to Emmaus
(click image to zoom-in)
Author: Claude Gellee
Landscape, Painting, Oil on canvas, 99x132 cm
Origin: France, 1660

"Landscape with Christ on the Road to Emmaus" dates from a rather short period in Lorrain's career called the ?grand manner,? the late 1650s and early 1660s, when the artist most closely followed the principles of Classicism. The works of this time were devoted to the most remarkable events of the Gospel. We can see in them the influence of Poussin's late landscapes, expressed in the special grandeur of the views and monumental character of the composition. In Lorrain's canvases, nature is subordinated to the principle of reason, but the rationalism of the construction of space does not prevent the artist from achieving very fine poetic effects.

The foreground is restricted on both sides by high trees and the remains of ancient buildings. Towards the background the space narrows, leading the eye of the viewer into the distance, where we can see travellers wandering along a road and the discernible sails of boats skimming along the smooth surface of the bay. The landscape motif has been chosen very carefully. Nature is conventional and idealized. The main task of the landscape is to serve as a worthy framework for the biblical event. In the foreground there are the ruins of an arch, which reminds us, in some of its details, of the arch of Titus that Lorrain often depicted. Beyond there is a round tower and a destroyed structure, an ancient tomb, next to which a herd of cattle is grazing. The restrained colour range of the painting, the indeterminate state of nature and the diffuse lighting do not distract our attention from the content of the event unfolding.

Personage: Christ
Style: Classicism
Source of entry: purchased from a Parisian merchant through mediation of E. Falconet, 1771
Theme: The Bible and Christianity

See also

Claude Lorrain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Claude Lorrain (also Claude Gellée or Le Lorrain) (Lorraine, c. 1600 – Rome, 21 or 23 November 1682) was an artist of the neo-classical era who was active ...
Claude Lorrain Online
Also known as: Claude Gellée Claude Le Lorraine. • Relationships: Claude's students included Herman van Swanevelt. • Browse all: French artists ...
Lorraine (Claude Gellee) - Fine art postcards --- agniart.ru
Lorraine (Claude Gellee): posters, reproductions, postcards.

Site map

Albums Authors Countries Sources Epoches Exibitions Genres
Personages Schools Styles Techniques Themes Types Workshops

Image Use Policy

Unless otherwise noted, images this web site may be used for any purpose without prior permission.

Any material in the public domain found on this web site is not protected by copyright.

We make no representations or warranties with respect to ownership of copyrights in the images, and do not represent others who may claim to be authors or owners of copyright of any of the images, and make no warranties as to the quality of the images.

We shall not be responsible for any loss or expenses resulting from the use of the images, and you release and hold us harmless from all liability arising from such use.

We do not sell art prints, framed posters or reproductions. Ads are shown only to compensate the hosting expenses.