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Claude’s Sermon

Claude Lorrain  (1600 - 1682), The Sermon on the Mount, oil on canvas, 67 1/2 x 102 1/4 in. (171.5 x 259.7 cm), ca. 1656, The Frick Collection, New York

Claude Lorrain (1600 – 1682), The Sermon on the Mount, oil on canvas, 67 1/2 x 102 1/4 in. (171.5 x 259.7 cm), ca. 1656, The Frick Collection, New York

The mount, of course, is much more important in Claude’s painting than the sermon. The people, the sheep, and the narrative itself are merely props to bring attention to the shadowy edifice that divides the landscape behind it and blocks the sun.

 

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