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Vernet's The Fisherman at the Norton

Lindsay Rubin

The Norton Museum of Art is set to revisit a master in the exhibit Masterpiece Rediscovered: Claude-Joseph Vernet’s “The Fisherman.” On display from October 10 through December 8, Vernet’s The Fisherman (1746) was one of eight canvases commissioned by the Marquis Pierre Charles de Villette, and is one of only two known works by the French painter that has survived to present-day. 

Claude-Jospeh Vernet - The Fisherman - Italian Landscape Painting from the 18th-century - on display at The Norton Museum of Art
Claude-Joseph Vernet
French, 1714-1789
The Fisherman, 1746
Oil on canvas, 30 x 39 ½ in.
Gift of Eleonore and Ronald Bacher, 2013.20

The painting, which was a recent gift to the museum from Eleanore and Ronald Bacher, captures the scenery of the Roman campagna, a low-lying area surrounding Rome, which in the 18th and 19th centuries attracted artists from across Europe for its natural beauty. The exhibit will feature key explanatory notes and detailed images on the process of taking the painting through authentication and conservation. 

 

Visitors will also have the opportunity to listen to a discussion on Vernet, Roman 18th-century painting and the phenomenon called the "Grand Tour”—a tour of Europe by young men of means from the 17th through 19th centuries—which will help provide participants with a greater understanding of European landscape painting. Works of the same period by artists, including Bartolomeo Cavaceppi, Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Jean-Baptiste Lallemand, will also be on display to help paint a broader scope of the region and time, which stood as the center of the art world.

  • General admission costs $12 for adults.
  • For more information, visit norton.org.
     
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