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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lorrain, Claude


Landscape with Noli Me Tangere Scene
1681
Oil on canvas
84.5 cm (33.3 in) x 141 cm (55.5 in)
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
http://www.staedelmuseum.de/sm/

Claude Lorrain (c.1600 – 1682) was an French artist of the Baroque era who was active in Italy, and is admired for his achievements in landscape painting.
Lorrain painted a pastoral world of fields and valleys not distant from castles and towns.
John Constable described Claude as "the most perfect landscape painter the world ever saw", and declared that in Claude’s landscape "all is lovely – all amiable – all is amenity and repose; the calm sunshine of the heart".
Noli me tangere, meaning "don't touch me", is the Latin version of words spoken, by Jesus to Mary Magdalene when she recognizes him after his resurrection.