Ermenia Writing the Name of Tancredi on the Bark of a Tree, (painting)
Claude Lorraine 1600-1682
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 25
"Oft when her flocks from summer's nootide rays,/ Lay in cool shades o'erarched by gadding vines./ She carved on beeches and immortal bays,/ Her Tancred's name."--Tasso. This highly interesting souvenir of one of the greatest landscape painters the world has ever seen, was the panel of a window shutter in the CONSTANTINI PALACE, Rome, where Claude had his lodgings and atelier. It was evidently a finished study for a large picture, but shows extraordinary force, and the peculiar warmth and transparency for which he was remarkable. The figure betrays a fault which is noticeable in his best pictures, and Claude is known to have criticised his own works by saying that he "sold his landscapes and gave away his figures." [P. 11; catalogue number "25" appears in the catalogue. In sequence, however, this should be catalogue number "52."]
Catalogue of Original Oil Paintings, both Ancient and Modern, the Entire Collection of J.G. Batterson, Esq., now on exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Hartford: Press of Case, Lockwood & Company. 1864.