Landscape with Rape of Europa, no. 111 from Liber Veritatis, after Claude Lorrain
28.5 cm x 43.2 cm (11 1/4 in. x 17 in.)
(London, England, 1743 - 1822, London, England)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1985
The Liber Veritatis [Book of Truth] is an album of drawings Claude Lorrain (1604-1682) created to document his own paintings and combat the already prevalent forgeries of his work. In England in the 1770s, printmaker Earlom reproduced the Liber Veritatis as a series of mezzotints, approximating the quality of light and variegated tones and textures of the master’s drawings. The publication and distribution of the French artist’s designs proved seminal to the British landscape school.