François Boucher, 1703 - 1770
Lovers in a Park, 1758
Oil on canvas, 232.4 x 194.9 cm (91-1/2 x 76-3/4 in.)

In François Boucher's vision of a lush garden setting, a young couple and their spaniel have stopped to rest while out for a stroll. The man, who is weaving flowers into the hair of his lover, is distracted by the appearance of a milkmaid, who has been gathering flowers of her own.


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Philippe de Champaigne, 1602-1674
Christ Healing the Blind, ca. 1655-60
Oil on canvas, 102.2 x 141.9 cm (40-1/4 x 55-7/8 in.)

Basing his painting on the parable of Christ healing the blind in Matthew 20: 29-34, Phillipe de Champaigne shows Christ pointing his right hand to-and healing-two blind men, kneeling on the far left.


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Claude Lorrain (born Claude Gellée), 1600-1682
Pastoral Landscape, 1646-47
Oil on canvas, 102.4 x 132.7 cm (40-3/8 x 52-1/4 in.)

Claude (given the nickname Lorrain after his birthplace in France) worked his entire career in Rome and is known for a landscape style that combines classical ideals of beauty and harmony with a sensitive and acute observation of nature.


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François Clouet, before 1522-1572
Guy XVII, Comte de Laval, ca. 1540
Oil on oak panel, 32.2 x 24.4 cm (12-3/4 x 9-5/8 in.)

The subject of François Clouet's painting is the son of one of the great noble families of France. He wears a dark velvet suit with embroidery that resembles gold chains and a cap with a short ostrich feather. Typical of French court portraits of the mid-sixteenth century, the subject's facial features are precisely recorded with exactitude and without flattery and he seems withdrawn into a world of his own thoughts.


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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 1796-1875
View of Volterra, 1838
Oil on canvas, 32.2 x 24.4 cm (62-5/8 x 47 in.)

In 1834, on his second trip to Italy, Corot spent a month in the 14th century hill town of Volterra, southwest of Florence. During his stay, he completed at least five small oil sketches of the village.


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