Landscape with Adoration of the Golden Calf.
 Lorrain, Claude, 1600-1682

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Title:Landscape with Adoration of the Golden Calf

"Claude's [in English Claude Lorrain, the artist, is often referred to simply as Claude] biographer once described him as "good-hearted and pious", but he had none of the learning of Poussin. Yet we should not deduce from this an unreflective art. As one art historian puts it, "For Claude, paintings were not sections of nature; they were not views but symbols for vision." Order and proportion are thus still there...with its suggestion that it is nature that will inspire, in the more complex harmony of Landscape with Adoration of the Golden Calf where clearly the rugged severity of Sinai is made to balance the golden calf and his dancers, or again in Landscape with Abraham expelling Hagar and Ishmael where the evening warmth...towards which the pair is being expelled speaks of God's continuing care after all." [from God and Enchantment of Place: Reclaiming Human Experience, by David Brown. Oxford University Press, 2006.]

From The Yorck Project.
Artist:Lorrain, Claude, 1600-1682
Building:Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

Scripture:Exodus 32:1-14
Lectionary links:AProp23
General Subject:Golden Calf
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism
ICONCLASS Number:71E13532

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Attribution:Lorrain, Claude, 1600-1682. Landscape with Adoration of the Golden Calf, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved June 23, 2024]. Original source:
Record Number:46723 Last Updated: 2021-08-07 11:15:25 Record Created: 2006-08-14 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition