Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba
I suppose one of the reasons that I have introduced this work into my
gallery is because it relieves the, somewhat, rather sombre nature and colours
of the other Masters' works I have chosen; it is brighter, more lively and the
theme is not so heavy. It might be worth pointing out that Claude has two other
works which are almost mirror images of the "Embarkation", certainly in
composition - one of them even includes the word "Embarkation" in its title:
"The Embarkation of St. Ursula". The other is entitled "A Seaport" - both also
in the National Gallery's collection. The rendering of the sunset is exquisite.
Would you like to compare them?
My thanks to The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, for their kind permission in allowing me to use this download in
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