Landscape with a Small Temple, ca. 1624–36
Rocky Landscape, ca. 1624–36
Purchased on the Baker Fund, 1985
Mariette aimed to mount the drawings in his collection on uniform mats of standard dimensions—usually around 20 x 15 inches (510 x 380 mm). Having the drawings similarly matted gave aesthetic unity to the collection and facilitated the organization of the sheets in portfolios. He often combined several small studies by a single artist on the same mat, as with these two rare chalk landscapes by Claude Mellan, an artist best known as an engraver and portraitist.