A sea port: palatial buildings on the left, ships on the right, and people on the shore in the centre. Engraving by J.Ph. Le Bas and Petit after Claude Lorraine.
- Lorrain, Claude, 1600-1682.
- [between 1700 and 1799]
About this work
Supposed (by Le Bas?) to show "the ancient port of Messina", possibly owing to Louis XIV's support for Messina's secession from Spain. Left foreground, a man seated on a chest plays a guitar to a woman, while two other string instruments are placed to one side; to right of them, a pedlar sells a clay pipe to another man. Centre, two men fighting, watched by two (Spanish?) men, one of whom draws his sword. Right, barrels being brought ashore in a rowing boat from a French ship in the harbour. A clock on the left gives the time as 7 o'clock, interpreted by the Louvre as sunset rather than dawn
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