February 4–April 29, 2007
Despite increasingly poor health in his later years, Claude continued to draw and paint until his death in 1682. His late works exhibit a new grandeur of conception and a growing interest in literary themes. Encouraged by his patrons, Claude took on more complicated subjects, often drawn from heroic epics like Virgil's Aeneid. In both drawings and paintings, the landscape settings enhanced the dramatic power of the narratives. His highly finished late drawings have the monumentality and visual clarity of his painted compositions while retaining the naturalism that had always been a characteristic of Claude's work.