Art is Magic, Ch.15 : Landscape as an independent genre - Claude Le Lorrain
As I previously mentioned, a couple of wizartists decide to escape the Academy from its founding moment because of Simon Vouet’s refusal to admit Landscapes as one of the official genres taught in his institution.
Among them, two friends leave France to settle down in Italy: Moïse Valentin (a very realistic painter, whose style is extremely close to Caravaggio’s) and Claude Gellée, who is known in most scholastic circles under his nickname, “Le Lorrain” (since he came from the Lorraine region of France).
Claude Gellée starts his artistic training with his brother Jean, who was a Master Engraver. Under his tutelage, he manages to produce a small Artist’s Stone at a young age, and the two brothers work on engraved ornaments.
Traveling through Italy, his Stone in his pocket with his pencils, Claude starts studying landscapes with the German miniaturist Goffredo Wales, before joining the workshop of Agostino Tassi in Rome.