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Great Paintings: Claude Lorrain’s Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba

An imaginary voyage as the dawn sun rises over a classical landscape

Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba (1648) by Claude Lorrain. National Gallery, London. Source Wikimedia Commons

We are peering directly into the dawn sun. Like the young man reclined on the stone slab at the foot of the pillar, we may wish to shade our eyes from the brightness. Everything is swathed in the yellow…

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