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Studio of Claude, 'Landscape with the Death of Procris', about 1647

Key facts
Full title Landscape with the Death of Procris
Artist Studio of Claude
Artist dates 1604/5? - 1682
Date made about 1647
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 38 × 48.6 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Sir George Beaumont, 1826
Inventory number NG55
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
Landscape with the Death of Procris
Studio of Claude

Taken from an episode in Ovid’s Metamorphosis, this painting shows the moment when Cephalus is horrified to find his wife Procris impaled and slumped against a tree, after he has accidentally killed her with his spear. He thought she was a wild animal – the deer fleeing over the horizon was his intended prey.

Earlier in the story, Procris suspects Cephalus of infidelity and follows him to a forest and hides when she hears him approach. She had previously given him the spear and a magic dog that were a gift to her from Diana, goddess of the hunt. The withered tree covered in ivy – an emblem of love and fidelity – and shadowy landscape add to the sombre tone.

The paint surface is very discoloured with extensive repainted areas, particularly in the figures. This composition is probably a copy of an original work by Claude painted around 1646.

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