Pair of Mid-Century Narcissa Niblack Thorne Diorama Shadowboxes after Claude Lorrain


A pair of mid-century diorama shadowbox collages by Narcissa Niblack Thorne (1882-1966), after the 17th-century French landscape painter Claude Lorrain, in a style she calls "Perspective Pictures". Each 15" wide by 6.5" deep by 12.75" high. The matched pair has peasants and their farm animals larger than in Lorrain's landscapes and come to life, or at least made more realistic in the perspectivized world of the shadowboxes, with Lorrain's trees and architectural ruins placed like theatre sets around them and to the back. Mirrored frames typical of the 1940s and 1950s, with a prop in the back for tabletop display. The top is transparent glass for optional lighting, and without the prop they can be inset to a wall.