This painting is part of the group: The Bouillon Claudes

The Bible relates how the Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon in Jerusalem (1 Kings 10). Their meeting was often painted, but it was unusual to depict the Queen's embarkation. Many of Claude's paintings are concerned with the theme of journeying; here he creates an imaginary seaport.

The Duc de Bouillon, general of the Papal army, commissioned Claude to paint both this painting and 'Landscape with the Marriage of Isaac and Rebecca'.

The pair complement each other depicting joyful occasions in the Old Testament. 'The Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba' is a port scene and 'Landscape with the Marriage of Isaac and Rebecca' takes place inland.

'The Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba' has a rigorous linear perspective and there is a pronounced symmetry between the left and right hand sides. The canvas is roughly divided into fifths. The architecture and horizon are placed in a balanced way within this grid.

The painting was purchased from the Angerstein collection.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1604/5? - 1682
Full title
Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba
Group
Date made
1648
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
149.1 x 196.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1824
Inventory number
NG14
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Bouillon Claudes

Painting
Claude
1648
Claude: 'Landscape with the Marriage of Isaac and Rebecca'