Landscape with a goatfish and goats by Claude Lorrain

Landscape with a goatfish and goats by Claude Lorrain

Lorrain populated some of his canvases with characters that have no relation to history or mythology. These landscapes echo the mood with the pastoral poems of Virgil, the most famous of the ancient Roman poets.

In his Eclogs, Virgil often described people “lazily lying in the shade of a veil of trees, singing ancient songs, or playing voiced pipes.” “Landscape with kozopasom and goats,” can be perceived as a direct illustration of these poetic lines. John Constable was so fascinated by this landscape that in 1823 he even made a copy of it.

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