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View from Tivoli

Drawing of three figures in a landscape

Claude Lorrain (1600–1682)
View from Tivoli, 1651
Black chalk, pen, iron-gall ink, and two shades of iron-gall wash on laid paper
7 7/8 x 10 1/2 in. (20 x 26.7 cm)
Purchased by The Frick Collection, 1982

In this drawing, one of many Claude made of the Roman countryside, the artist explores the optical effects of blazing sunlight. Alternating bands of light and dark in the foreground give way to a hazy rendering of the distant hills. Against this radiant backdrop, three hunters appear in blurred silhouettes.