The Adoration of the Golden Calf by Claude Lorraine

This picture was painted at the height of the artist’s career, when he was creating works which epitomise 'classical landscape' in the most elevated sense of the term - grand in scale, majestic in form, antique or Biblical in theme.


Oil on canvas
114 x 158 cm
Art Fund grant:
£20,000 ( Total: £253,956)
Acquired in:
Trustees of Walter Morrison

Although the picture is well documented it is not familiar either to public or scholars. Its acquisition is therefore something of a rediscovery, especially as the picture has been cleaned and can be seen in its full splendour. One of Claude's larger works, it is a version of an even more monumental picture which he painted in 1653 for the young Roman nobleman, Carlo Cardelli. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


Comtesse de Verrue c1720; 1737 Sir Robert Child; Benjamin Van der Gucht; 1796 H Metcalfe; 1850 James Morrison,thence by descent, until deposited at Sudeley Castle.

Venue details

Manchester Art Gallery Mosley Street, MANCHESTER Greater Manchester M2 3JL 0161 235 8888

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