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‘The Trojan Women Setting Fire to Their Fleet’, by Claude Lorrain

From Claude Lorrain [1604/5 – 23 November 1682], French painter of the Baroque period, ‘The Trojan Women Setting Fire to Their Fleet’, ca. 1643.


Claude Lorrain [c. 1600 – 23 November 1682]
“The Trojan Women Setting Fire to Their Fleet”, ca. 1643
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

‘The Maas at Dordrecht’, de Aelbert Cuyp

No dia em que passam quatrocentos anos do nascimento de Aelbert Jacobsz Cuyp [20 Outubro 1620 – 15 Novembro 1691], considerado um dos principais pintores da Idade de Ouro Holandesa e apelidado de Claude Lorrain holandês, pelo facto de a sua produção artística assentar maioritariamente em paisagens, fica a obra ‘The Maas at Dordrecht’, c. 1650.

Dordrecht, cidade natal de Cuyp situada na confluência dos rios Maas e Merwede, é o cenário de um evento histórico quando numa manhã de Julho de 1646 uma frota com 30 mil soldados se reuniu numa demonstração de força perante a Coroa Espanhola.
No site da The National Gallery of Art em Washington está um podcast com uma descrição da obra.


Aelbert Cuyp [1620-1691] – ‘The Maas at Dordrecht’, c.1650


Aelbert Cuyp [1620-1691] – ‘The Maas at Dordrecht’ (detalhe)


Aelbert Cuyp [1620-1691] – ‘The Maas at Dordrecht’ (detalhe)


‘Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba’, by Claude Lorrain

From Claude Lorrain [1604/5 – 23 November 1682], French painter of the Baroque period, ‘Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba’, 1648


Two paintings by Claude, Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba and Landscape with the Marriage of Isaac and Rebecca, are known as the ‘Bouillon Claudes’ because they were made for Frédéric-Maurice, Duc de Bouillon (1605–1652), a French general in the papal army in Rome. They were completed in 1648 and remained in the Bouillon family throughout the eighteenth century. They even escaped seizure during the French Revolution, despite Bouillon’s successor being imprisoned in 1794 and his property confiscated.

Although documents survive to tell us these paintings were commissioned as a pair, the scenes belong to different biblical stories. They are, however, harmonious in the subjects they depict. Each explores the relationship between men and women, whether during a wedding celebration or because of a journey that brings friendship. There is a contrast between the bustling urban seaport and the peaceful countryside. The central activity of each painting is framed by either buildings or trees, with the sea or a substantial river in the background. Via The National Gallery.

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