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The largest collection in France after the Louvre museum

Lifting the golden veil on the incomparably poetic landscapes painted by Claude Lorrain, mainly in Rome, this exhibition presents the artist’s drawings and etchings, exploring the flashes of genius, hesitations and doubts of one of the greatest masters of the 17th century.

A tireless draughtsman, Claude Lorrain worked with broad ink washes, meticulous pen strokes and rapid notations in black chalk to study nature, transcribe sunlight at different times of day and compose everyday, religious and mythological scenes. As etchings, his subjects take on new tonalities and lose none of the experimental freedom that characterises Claude Lorrain’s work.

Claude Lorrain, Travellers entering a forest, c. 1640 © RMN-Grand Palais – Adrien Didierjean


Loaned from public and private collections, the works on display at the Château de Chantilly, which include well-known pieces and others that have never been shown in public before, reveal the questions asked by the artist and the way he attempted to answer them, providing insight into his creative process and the intimate world of one of the most outstanding figures in the history of art.

Claude Lorrain, Two Boats in the Storm, circa 1638-1640 © RMN-Grand Palais / Louvre museum – Thierry le Mage


The Condé museum’s complete collection of drawings by Claude Lorrain, the largest in France after the Louvre Museum, will be presented during the exhibition.


Baptiste Roelly, Heritage Curator, Condé museum

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With the support of the Tavolozza Foundation and the Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly.
The exhibition catalogue was made possible with the support of Alice Goldet.

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Location: Château


Exhibition included in the 1 Day ticket