Pastoral Landscape

The vista of the Roman countryside with its ancient and modern buildings, including the Temple of the Sibyl and the Villa d’Este, made the town of Tivoli famous. The man who commissioned this painting, Michel Passart (1611/12 – 1692), was an inquiring intellectual and one of the most interesting Parisian collectors of his day; a friend of Poussin and patron to Herman van Swanevelt, Passart was a connoisseur of painting. Having lived in Rome in 1643-44, he might have discussed this commission with Claude and then remained in contact with the artist after he returned to France.
Claude Gellée, known as Claude Lorrain (1600 or 1604/05 – 1682)
Oil on canvas – H. 98 cm; W. 137 cm – Musée des Beaux-Arts, Grenoble, MG152 – Acquired by the city of Grenoble in 1719 / entered the museum in 1800
© Musée de Grenoble