To mark the 350th anniversary of the artist's death in 1665, this exhibition at the Musée du Louvre sets out to review possible Christian readings of Poussin's painting and one of his signature features: his merging of the antique and Christian notions of the sacred.
Nicolas Poussin is the absolute embodiment of the painter-philosopher, but the Christian aspect of his painting has been too often ignored and even called into question. A rethinking of the Poussin oeuvre in religious terms seems all the more necessary today in that recent studies have provided a convincing picture not only of his immediate entourage—markedly less raffish than has been generally recognized—but most of all of the originality of his religious painting as the source of a personal meditation on God.
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