The Shipwreck dates from c.1638-41. A dramatic seascape, the etching depicts several ships being tossed in rough waters during a violent storm. The craggy vertical form of the castle on the right, the masts of the ships and the horizontal line of the seascape establishes a grid-like design to the composition. However, Claude combines this more ordered structure with a series of dynamic Baroque diagonals seen with the tilted receding masts of the central rocking ship, the slashing lines of the rain and the curved waves.
Lorrain, Claude, “The Shipwreck,” Artistic Treasures from the Knox College Special Collections & Archives, accessed June 22, 2018, http://knox.omeka.net/items/show/77.