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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This is a gorgeous book of Poussin's paintings of nature to accompany an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in Spring 2008. The essays are extremely good and written by the top people in the field. A variety of topics all shed interesting light on how and why a history painter turned increasingly to the depiction of the natural world. Particularly exciting are the excellent detail photographs of many of the paintings. Unfortunately, the colors are not accurate to the paintings: after reading the catalog, the paintings themselves seem muddy brown and uninteresting in their tonality by comparison! So be warned: the amazing colors of the reproductions will spoil you and the real paintings may be a let down.
Poussin and nature: arcadian visionsUser Review - Book Verdict
The catalog of a recent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Bilbao's Museo de Bellas Artes, this book focuses on the landscapes in the paintings of the French classicist Nicholas Poussin (1594-1665), who spent most of his career in Italy. Essays by Rosenberg (formerly with the Louvre), Christiansen (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), and an international team of scholars seek to elucidate the settings for this intellectual artist's highly constructed historical and religious paintings and relate them to his more direct landscape drawings. The catalog gives full details of the works in the exhibition. All in all, a rich addition to Poussin studies (a prolific field), well written and extremely well illustrated, with many excellent details. Highly recommended for all art history collections.-Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Libs.