Claude Lorrain’s pastoral scenes and the poetry of his vision were a source of great inspiration to the 18th and 19th century English landscape painters. His paintings are extremely detailed and he was a master in the use of light. In fact, he was the first artist to paint the sun itself. The compositions of his paintings are well-balanced and the atmosphere – harmonious. Claude Lorrain was also one of the first artists to develop the landscape as a subject in its own right– he used them as settings for religious and mythological scenes, while they were the main subjects of most of other works in the Baroque period.
Key artwork: Landscape with a Sacrifice to Apollo, 1662