Nicolas Poussin, an artist fascinated by the world of antiquity: an exhibition featuring many works never shown before in Italy.
The catalogue published for the major exhibition on Nicolas Poussin’s first years in Rome illustrates the career of an artist fascinated by the world of antiquity. Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) came to Rome about halfway through the 1620s, and remained there for many years, becoming very famous and absorbing, in very personal, intriguing ways, the influence of Titian, Raphael and the great protagonists of Italian figurative culture. The volume analyzes the paintings in the exhibition of the French master, works from the world’s main public and private collections, many never shown before in Italy. One outstanding work is the marvelous “Sack of the Temple of Jerusalem”, a masterpiece made for the Barberini family, thought to have been definitively lost.