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Nicolas Poussin (June 1594 – 19 November 1665) was the leading painter of the classical French Baroque style, although he spent most of his working life in Rome. His work is characterized by clarity, logic,and order, and favors line over color. Until the 20th century he remained a major inspiration for classically oriented .Most of his works are history paintings of religious or mythological subjects that very often have a large landscape element.

The Holy Family on the StepArtist: Nicolas PoussinCompletion Date: c.1648Style: ClassicismGenre: religious paintingTechnique: oilMaterial: canvasDimensions: 69 x 98 cm

Landscape with a ClamArtist: Nicolas PoussinCompletion Date: c.1650-1651Style: ClassicismGenre: Landscape paintingTechnique: oilMaterial: canvasDimensions: 97 x 131 cm

Saint Elizabeth kneels to present the infant Saint John to the Christ Child who is held by the standing Virgin. Saint Joseph watches. A copy, long attributed to Le Sueur but not by him, though probably French, of a painting at the Musée Condé, Chantilly, usually considered to be by Poussin.

In the late 1640s and early 1650s, at the height of his artistic maturity, Nicolas Poussin turned from historical narrative to landscape painting. Landscape with a Calm does not illustrate a story but rather evokes a mood. The ordered composition and clear, golden light contribute to A Calm's utter tranquility, while glowing, gem-like colors and fluid paint strokes enliven this scene of benevolent nature. Poussin's sketching campaigns in the Roman countryside with his friend and fellow landscape painter Claude Lorrain account, in part, for its fresh observation of cloud-scattered sky and grazing goats.

Artist: Nicolas PoussinCompletion Date: c.1637-1638Style: ClassicismGenre: Religious paintingTechnique: oilMaterial: canvasDimensions: 87 x 120 cm

It depicts a pastoral scene with idealized shepherds from classical antiquity clustering around an austere tomb. It is held in the Louvre, Paris.Poussin painted two versions of the subject under the same title; his earlier version, painted in 1627, is held at Chatsworth House. An earlier treatment of the theme was painted by Guercino circa 1618–22, also titled Et in Arcadia ego.

Et in Arcadia ego


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