Check Out Claude Lorrain’s Idyllic Landscape Painting on December 10 During Free Lunchtime Gallery Talk

For Immediate Release

December 01, 2009

Join Michael Cassin, director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, for a look at the painting Landscape with the Voyage of Jacob, an idyllic landscape by Claude Lorrain, the most celebrated European landscape painter of the seventeenth century. This Looking at Lunchtime Talk is free and held on Thursday, December 10, at 12:30 pm, at the Clark.

Claude Lorrain was born in France but spent most of his life in Italy, painting landscapes inspired by the countryside around Rome. The Clark’s painting, Landscape with the Voyage of Jacob, with its gray-green trees and its soft, golden light, is an excellent example of why Claude’s poetic evocations of nature were so popular and influential.

The series continues on Thursday, January, 14 when Richard Rand, senior curator and curator of paintings and sculpture, will look at the new acquisition Farm in the Landes by Théodore Rousseau. All talks take place at 12:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Attendees may purchase food at the Clark or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the gallery talk.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday (open Mondays in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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