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Nicolas Poussin: Et in Arcadia ego, ca.1638-40


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Nicolas Poussin

[French Baroque Era Painter, 1594-1665]

• Relationships: Brother-in-law of Gaspard Dughet.
Studio assistants included Jean Lemaire.
Poussin's students included Charles Le Brun.
• Subject matter:  Specializes in History Painting.
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There is no point in pretending that Poussin is an easy painter for today's viewers to get at. He has the disadvantage, for a coarsely expressionist culture, of being incapable of vulgarity or cheap sentiment.
- Robert Hughes, in Time Magazine (see below)


    Nicolas Poussin Works Online    
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Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteAlte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago   NEW!

Notable SiteNicolas Poussin at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
2 works online

Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco   NEW!

Notable SiteFitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, UK

Notable SiteHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
15 works by Poussin

Notable SiteJ. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
11 works online by Poussin

Notable SiteKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Notable SiteKunsthistorisches Museum Databank, Vienna (in German)  

Notable SiteLe Musée Nicolas Poussin, Les Andelys, France

Notable SiteNicolas Poussin at the Louvre Museum, Paris
Extreme Unction, pen and ink drawing, 1644

Notable SiteNicolas Poussin at the Louvre Museum, Paris
Moses Defending the Daughters of Jethro, drawing, ca.1647

Notable SiteNicolas Poussin at the Louvre Museum, Paris
Domestic scene in a room, pen and ink drawing, ca.1645

Notable SiteNicolas Poussin at the Louvre Museum, Paris
Apollo in Love with Daphne, pen and ink drawing, ca.1660-64

Notable SiteNicolas Poussin at the Louvre Museum, Paris
Eliezer and Rebecca, 1648

Notable SiteNicolas Poussin at the Louvre Museum, Paris
The Rape of the Sabine Women, ca.1637-38

Notable SiteNicolas Poussin at the Louvre Museum, Paris
Summer, or Ruth and Boaz, 1660-64

Notable SiteLouvre Museum, Paris
The Eucharist, pen and ink drawing, 1647

Notable SiteLouvre Museum, Paris
Saint Frances of Rome Announcing the End of the Plague in Rome, ca.1657

Notable SiteLouvre Museum, Paris
Venus at the Fountain, pen and ink drawing, ca.1657-60

Notable SiteLouvre Museum Database, Paris
39 paintings

Notable SiteLouvre Museum Graphic Art Database, Paris (in French)  
Many works on paper online, but you have to skip forward to about page 27 to see them

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!  

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!
Drawings collection online

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!
Paintings collection online

Notable SiteNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
2 works online

Notable SiteNational Gallery, London, UK

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Includes a biography of the artist

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Venus and Adonis, ca.1626

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa  
Landscape with a Woman Washing her Feet (Vertumnus and Pomona)
The Martyrdom of St. Erasmus

Notable SiteNelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri
The Triumph of Bacchus, 1635-36 (Zoom)

Notable SiteNorton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California

Notable SitePrado Museum, Madrid
9 works online

Notable SiteRoyal Academy of Arts Collection, London, UK

Notable SiteSmithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.   NEW!

Notable SiteStädel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
Landscape During a Thunderstorm with Pyramus and Thisbe

Notable SiteThe Royal Collection, London, UK
(Zoomable - look for the magnifying glass and the text "Magnify image")

Notable SiteVatican Museums, Vatican City
Martyrdom of St Erasmus

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Cardiff
The Finding of Moses

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto - Provenance Research
Venus, Mother of Aeneas, presenting him with Arms forged by Vulcan

Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, UK

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
2 works by or related to the artist

Drawings from the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK
6 paintings by Nicolas Poussin, mixed in with several by followers and copiers

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts

Haus der Kunst, Munich (mostly in German)  
The Realm of Flora, ca.1630/31

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Venus and Adonis

Le Musée Ingres, Montauban, France (in French)  
Click on the artist name, then on the artwork title to view the work

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota  
The Death of Germanicus, 1627

Musée des Beaux Arts et d'Archéologie de Besançon, France (in French)  
L'Enlèvement des Sabines, drawing

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, France (in French)  
Vénus montrant ses armes à Enée

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, France (in French)  

Musee Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland (in French)  
L'enlèvement des Sabines, 1637

Musee Magnin, Dijon, France

Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil (in Portuguese)  

Museum Collection Database for the Region of Haute-Normandie, France

Museumslandschaft Hessen, Germany (in German)  

National Museums Liverpool, UK
Landscape with the ashes of Phocion, 1648

Oskar Reinhart Collection, Switzerland
The Holy family, ca.1632

Palais Fesch Musée des Beaux-Arts, Ajaccio, France (in French)  

Philadelphia Museum of Art
(Tip: On the zoom-in page, use the slider bar to magnify the image)
2 works by Nicolas Poussin online

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
Rinaldo and Armida, 1625-26

Ringling Museum of Art, Florida
Ecstasy of Saint Paul, 1643
The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist, 1655

San Diego Museum of Art, California   NEW!

Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany ( in German)  

State Museums of Florence Digital Archive, Italy

Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark), Copenhagen
Click "English" at the top right to switch the default language, then click "Search"

The Albertina Graphic Art Databank, Vienna (in German)  

The British Museum, London, UK

The Wallace Collection, London, UK   NEW!

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
Achilles on Skyros, 1656

National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Art Fund for UK Museums
Quite a few works online

Joconde Database of French Museum Collections (in French)  

UK National Inventory of Continental European Paintings (NICE)

Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Artarchiv Sample Artist Signatures
Scroll down to signature 397

Artarchiv Sample Artist Symbols + Monograms
Scroll down to monogram 822

Christie's Past Sale Archive
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteGoogle Art Project
Cephalus and Aurora (National Gallery, London)

Notable SiteThe Art Renewal Center

Notable SiteThe Artchive  
9 works

Notable SiteThe Athenaeum  

Notable SiteWeb Gallery of Art  

Notable SiteWikimedia Commons Image Database  

Notable SiteWorld Visit Guide (formerly Insecula)

Aiwaz Panopticon

Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur (in German)  
(a welcome screen is displayed for a couple of seconds before the search results appear)

21 works

Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

Humanities Web  

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Olga's Gallery

State Hermitage Museum Unofficial Site

University of Leipzig, Germany  

USC Annenberg School for Communication

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Miscellaneous Sites:
Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation


The Modernist Journals Project
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Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Nicolas Poussin  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia
Biographical info

"Poussin and the Heroic Landscape"

Artnet Magazine
Ecstasy of Saint Paul, 1643

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
Essay on Portrait of the Artist, 1650

Time Magazine
"A Classicist Who Burned with Inner Fire", 1988 article by Robert Hughes

Time Magazine
"Decorum and Fury", 1994 article by Robert Hughes

"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
Look Inside Books:Selections from the books listed below are scanned in, in high res. Text is clearly readable and art reproductions vary from so-so to excellent. Don't miss the fact that you can usually zoom in via the "View" drop-down menu, along the top row of Amazon's Online Reader.            
Search Inside Books:Same as "Look Inside", except that the entire book is scanned in, and the text is fully searchable. This is an unbelievable resource, for research and especially for previewing a book when making the decision to buy.
Note: Some "Search Inside" features are limited to people signed in to an account which has previously made a purchase at Amazon.
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Nicolas Poussin's Landscape Allegories

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Poussin and the Poetics of Painting

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Sublime Poussin

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Nicolas Poussin


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Nicolas Poussin: The Destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem by Titus
The Destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem by Titus

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Nicolas Poussin: Winter, or The Flood
Winter, or The Flood

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Nicolas Poussin: Bacchanal before a Herm
Bacchanal before a Herm

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Orpheus and Eurydice
Orpheus and Eurydice

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Nicolas Poussin: Adoration of the Shepherds (Detail)
Adoration of the Shepherds (Detail)

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