Claude Lorrain

Fragment of Facade of Complesso di San Firenze, Florence, Italy

Italy: Place of Pilgrimage – Fusion of Art, Nature & Culture

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Italy and its wealth of historical ruins and art treasures still provides a rich record for visitors tracing man’s journey from prehistory to the present day

Eti in Arcadia Ego by Nicolas Poussin

Claude Lorrain – At the Beginning of a Modern Romantic Idyll

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French artist Claude Lorrain presented nature and antiquity as more beautiful than it was and the countryside around Rome inspired his poetic rendering of light

Monet, Pisarro, Sisley & Renoir – Creating First Impressions

Monet, Pisarro, Sisley & Renoir – Creating First Impressions

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Claude Monet’s works give a great first impression of the relationship between art and the beauty and romance of a garden sited in the French landscape.

Louis XIV of France

Louis XIV of France

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Louis XIV (1838 – 1715) was known for being dignified, gracious, exquisitely polite and never blamed his generals for a defeat. His reign 1661 – 1715 was of incomparable brilliance. French art and literature flourished and artisans, included the celebrated playwright Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliére (1622-1673), dramatists Pierre Corneille (1606-84)…