Turner's not-Claude Claude

March 14 2012

Image of Turner's not-Claude Claude

Picture: BG

I was intrigued by this little picture at the new National Gallery 'Turner & Claude' exhibition. It used to belong to Turner, and he thought it was by Claude - his hero. But modern scholars now say it has nothing to do with Claude. Which is all rather sad, don't you think?

I've no idea if it is by Claude or not - but my only thought would be that it's hard to make an attribution either way, given that it is a) dirty b) somewhat over-painted and c) under a thick yellow varnish. It would be fun to clean the picture, and see what it really looks like. You can read more about the work here.

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