The Art of Nicolas Poussin


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Saint Francis Xavier copy of

Sleeping Nymph Surprised by Satyr
Top version:
oil on canvas
Zurich, Kunsthaus

Bottom version:
London Gallery

Poussin Paintings/Poussin WW/tn_Nymph Riding Goat with Satyr Unknown 1.jpg
Tancred and Erminia.
Oil on canvas.
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia.jpg
Tancrede and Erminia.
Oil on canvas.
The Trustees of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts,
The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.jpg
The Assumption of the Virgin,
c. 1626
oil on canvas,
134.4 x 98.1 cm (52 7/8 x 38 5/8 in.)
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund

Poussin, among the most important of all European painters, worked in France and traveled through Venice before reaching Rome in 1624. Shortly thereafter, he began seeking rigorously composed interpretations of philosophical themes. Except for a royal summons to return to Paris in 1640-1642, Poussin remained in Rome. By staying in Italy, France's two leading seventeenth-century artists, Poussin and Claude Lorrain, who sometimes sketched together in the country, did not join the royal art academy in Paris.

The scene celebrates the Christian belief that after Mary's death her body was raised from her tomb into heaven. Executed about two years after Poussin's arrival in Rome, this canvas is among his first known paintings. In contrast to the severity of the artist's later classical works, a joyful exuberance emanates from the billowing clouds, swirling draperies, and flying cherubs. This dynamic movement, off-center composition, and rich color come directly from Poussin's knowledge of Venetian Renaissance painting and of Titian in particular.
The Assumption of the Virgin.
Oil on canvas.
Louvre, Paris, France
The Victory of Joshua Over the Amalekites (Battle of Israelites with Amalekites)
Oil on canvas
38 3/8 x 52 3/4 inches
(97.5 cm x 134 cm)
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

The Battle of Gideon Against
The Death of Germanicus.
Oil on canvas.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts,
Minneapolis, MN, USA.jpg
The Conquest of Jerusalem
The Death of Sapphira.
Oil on canvas.
Louvre, Paris, France
The Destruction of The Temple at Jerusalem
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria
The Confirmation.
Oil on canvas.
The Trustees of Rutland Trust,
Belvoir Castle, Grantham, UK
The Choice of Hercules
The Companions of Rinaldo
Oil on canvas;
46 1/2 x 40 1/4 in. (118.1 x 102.2 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1977 (1977.1.2)

Born in Normandy and trained in Paris, Poussin settled in Rome in 1624 and fell under the spell of classical antiquity. The picture dates shortly before 1633 and belonged to the antiquary and collector Cassiano dal Pozzo. It illustrates an episode from Tasso's heroic crusader poem "Jerusalem Delivered" (1580), in which the Christian knights Carlo and Ubaldo confront a dragon in their attempt to rescue Rinaldo from a pagan sorceress. As the first crusade took place in the eleventh century, their antique Roman arms and armor are anachronistic.
The Continecne of Scipio
Poussin Paintings/Poussin WW/tn_L' Annonciation after Poussin.jpg
The Annunciation.
Oil on canvas.
National Gallery, London, UK
The Annunciation.
Oil on canvas.
Bayerische Staatsgemaldesammlungen, Munich, Germany.jpg
The Ecstasy of St. Paul.
Oil on canvas.
Louvre, Paris, France
The Triumph of Flora.
Oil on canvas.
Louvre, Paris, France
The Garden (or Empire) of Flora

Another picture of this painting with a bit more colour

The Extreme Unction.
Oil on canvas.
The Trustees of Rutland Trust,
Belvoir Castle, Grantham, UK

The Extreme Unction 2

The Feast of the Gods
by Bellinni 1514
Poussin The Feast of the Gods
Das Gotterfest, Bild, Edinburgh,
National Gallery of Scotland
The Infant Jupiter Nurtured by the Goat Amalthea.
c. 1638.
Oil on canvas.
Dulwich Picture Gallery
The Infant Jupiter with the Goat Amalthea
Bild, Berlin, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Gemäldegalerie, 467
Die Erziehung des Jupiter - Die Labung des Jupiter,
um 1639,
Bild, Washington, National Gallery of Art
The Inspiration of the Poet.
Oil on canvas.
Louvre, Paris, France
The Inspiration of The Lyric

The Lamentation over Christ.
Oil on canvas.
Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

The Lamentation over The Dead Christ: A Second Version
Date and info will follow soon

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