Nicolas Poussin: 11 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

The Triumph of Bacchus (1635 - 1636) by Nicolas PoussinThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

'Nicolas Poussin spent most of his career in Rome and was the prime inspiration for the classical revival in French art.'

The Death of Germanicus (1627) by Nicolas PoussinMinneapolis Institute of Art

'Poussin drew on Roman antiquity for the form as well as the subject of this painting.'

Venus and Adonis (c. 1628–29) by Nicolas PoussinKimbell Art Museum

'Early in his career Poussin traveled to Italy and was introduced to a circle of important Roman patrons including the antiquarian Cassiano dal Pozzo.'

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'He based the composition for this drawing on an engraving by Marcantonio Raimoni after Raphael's Parnassus fresco in the Vatican, placing the figure of Apollo to the left of the center.'

The Crossing of the Red Sea (about 1634) by Nicolas PoussinThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'He made this study and at least five others in preparation for a painting commissioned by a member of an illustrious Italian family prominent in government and civic affairs and active patrons of the arts.'

Dancing Votary of Bacchus (about 1630–1635) by Nicolas PoussinThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'He commonly copied ancient objects in his drawings, using these careful records to add authentic details to his classicizing paintings.'

The continence of Scipio (1640) by Nicolas PoussinThe Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

'From the ancients Poussin developed his theory of the Modes, the idea that expressive devices should correspond to the content of a work.'

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'He executed the draped torso and the sandaled foot with a similarly spare technique and attention to structure. He might have sketched the mirror from life, as it may have been in a Roman nobleman's collection, and he probably sketched the tripod in the upper left corner after a drawing in another collector's "Paper Museum."'

Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion (1648) by Nicolas PoussinWalker Art Gallery, Liverpool

'In one of his most masterly ordered landscapes Poussin offsets the classical city's calm but severe grandeur against the tense foreground in which the widow's companion appears to sense the spying youth hidden in the nearby grove.'

A Roman Road (17th century) by Poussin, NicolasDulwich Picture Gallery

'X-ray examinations show that the canvas was first used for a partial copy of Poussin's Moses trampling Pharaoh's Crown, now in the Louvre.'

The Destruction and Sack of the Temple of Jerusalem (1925 - 1926) by Nicolas PoussinThe Israel Museum, Jerusalem

'(Josephus Flavius, The Jewish War, VI.5--6) This work from Poussin's early Italian period was commissioned by his patron Cardinal Francesco Barberini and offered as a gift to Cardinal Richelieu, the French head of state.'

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