Antiquity as a landscape (Room 7)
Claude Lorrain (Chamagne, 1604/1605-Rome, 1682) Port with Villa Medici
- Oil on canvas
- 102 x 133 cm
- Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi, Istituti museali della Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino; inv. 1810u.1096
Campania, Lazio and other places near Rome provided inspiration to a series of painters who reinterpreted Nature in an idealised manner incorporating ruins of Antiquity and classical-style buildings. Annibale Carracci brought to the genre an ideal component which was used to the full in their settings by painters like Nicolas Poussin, who infused his compositions with intentional codes to link up with other periods, and Claude Lorrain, whose country scenes and seascapes portray a poetic Nature from which solemn ruins emerge. Also significant was Viviano Codazzi, who made certain Roman classical monuments the subject of his paintings.