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From the Convent of San Gregorio, Messina

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From the Convent of San Gregorio, Messina

Artist: George Loring Brown (American, 1814-1889)

Date: 1846
Medium: Graphite on tan-colored wove paper
Overall: 7 1/16 × 13 15/16in. (17.9 × 35.4cm)
Image: 7 1/16 × 13 15/16in. (17.9 × 35.4cm)
Signed: lower left: 'From the Convent of S. Gregorio Messina - March 20, 1846'; lower right: 'G.L. Brown'
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 96.4
Label Text
Brown was one of a group of mid-nineteenth century American landscape artists who were inspired by the romantic ruins and golden light of the Italian landscape. The style of his works derive, in part, from the example of the great landscapist Claude Lorrain (1600-82) whose paintings Brown saw on his first trip to Paris in the early 1830s. He was so enthusiastic about the work of this seventeenth century master that he came to be called "Claude" Brown. The museum's drawing was executed during Brown's second sojourn in Europe which began in 1839 and lasted twenty years. The inscription at the lower left of the sheet attests that he was in southern Italy in the spring of 1846. He rendered this panoramic view of the Sicilian city of Messina with short, graphite strokes that are stylistically akin to the brushwork seen in his paintings.