- Author: Nicolas Poussin
- Museum: National Gallery (London)
- Year: 1633-1634 ⇐ Click image for larger version
Description of the picture:
Adoration of the golden calf - Nicolas Poussin. 1633-1634. Canvas, oil. 153.4х211.8
Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) - French painter, founder of the "classicism" style.
"Adoration of the golden calf" It was conceived by the artist as a paired picture of the "Crossing the Black Sea" (1633-1634, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne). Both were written for Amadeo dal Pozzo, cousin Cassiano dal Pozzo - the main Roman patron of the artist. Until 1945, works hung together until the National Gallery acquired the later one.
Like other paintings of Poussin, "Worship the golden calf"filled with many characters, they are all involved in the action, and the composition is a single whole. In this, Poussin was an unsurpassed master and used his findings to the fullest extent, embodying them in different compositions and contexts. To detect such parallels is very exciting. So, dancing in front of a calf the artist borrowed a group from an earlier work, Bacchanalia in Front of the Statue of Bacchus (1632-1633, National Gallery, London), turning it ... 180 degrees! It is not known whether the painter thought that the viewer would not notice, or, conversely, calculate Was he on his insight?
Other paintings by Nicolas Poussin
Kingdom of flora
Four Seasons. Autumn
Landscape with Polyphemus
The Martyrdom of Saint Erasmus
Holy family on the stairs
Dance to the music of time