Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Seated Monk

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. (1796-1875)
Seated Italian Monk, Reading, Rome. 1826-28.
Oil on canvas. 40 x 27 cm.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Corot was born in Paris and studied there with the classicizing painters Michallon and Bertin before leaving in 1825 for the first of three visits he made to Italy. (1825-28, 1834 and 1843)

He was part of the Barbizon school

Now more famous for his soft, evocative landscape paintings, he also painted classical and religious themes which went on exhibition