Poussin and nature: arcadian visions

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2008 - Art - 414 pages
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The work of the great French painter Nicolas Poussin (15941665) is most often associated with classically inspired settings and figures depicting solemn scenes from mythology or the Bible. Yet he also created some of the most influential landscapes in Western art, endowing them with a poetic quality that has been admired by artists as different as Constable, Turner, and Cezanne. As the British critic William Hazlitt noted in 1844, "This great and learned man might be said to see nature through the glass of time." This beautiful catalogue presents the first in-depth examination of Poussin's landscapes. Featured here are more than 40 paintings, ranging from the artist's early Venetian-inspired pastorals to his grandly structured and austere works, designed as metaphors or allegories for the processes of nature. Also included are approximately 60 drawings and essays by internationally renowned scholars who examine the painter's visual, literary, and philosophical influences as well as his relationships with his patrons and his place in the art-historical canon.

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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 ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review


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