The View From Here: Highlights from Old Master Paintings

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The forthcoming Old Masters Evening Sale at Sotheby's in London will feature a number of exceptional works — among them some finest examples of view paintings to come to market in recent memory. Invented by Claude Lorrain in the mid-17th century, the art of modern landscape painting — or vedute — took the concept of the pastoral and poetic landscape of the Renaissance, but imbued it with a greater sense of naturalism. Claude was inspired by the Italian light of the landscape around Rome, especially at sunrise and sunset, and painted objectively perceived landscapes smothered in romantic light. Later generations of artists such as Canaletto, Vanvitelli and John Constable further explored these techniques that would ultimately culminate in the 1830s masterpieces of Turner. Here, we look at highlights from the sale that chart the development of this tradition, from Italy and beyond.

Old Masters Evening Sale
5 July 2017 London

The View From Here: Highlights from Old Master Paintings

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