The subject of this serene landscape is the mythical Golden Age. A shepherd teaches a girl to play the pipes, his herds grazing safely behind, all living in harmony with nature. Claude’s exhaustive studies of the Roman countryside enabled him to paint such a convincing melting distance with its glorious morning light effect. The landscape is not based, however, on an actual location. The framing trees, the counterbalancing hill, and the water meandering into the distance recur in Claude’s works. This carefully idealized structure, combined with his golden light, made the French landscapist one of the most influential of any period.
Inscriptions / Translations: Traces of signature and date I.r.c.: 164[5?]
Notes: Exhibited: 'The Classical Ideal in 17th Century Italy', Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna, Italy, 1962; 'Claude Lorrain', Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany, 12 March 1983 - 29 May 1983; 'Le Dieu Cache, Les peintres du Grand Siecle et la vision de Dieu', Academie de France a Rome, Italy, 2000, no. 63