Nicolas Poussin

[Nicolas Poussin] Painter; born in 1594 in Villers, near Rouen, France; died in 1666 in Rome, Italy. After several attempts as a young artist to reach Rome, he finally succeeded in 1624, and the study of antiquity developed the devotion to classic ideals that characterizes all his work. Choosing subjects from mythology and the Old Testament he attained such fame by 1639 that he was invited to the French court by Louis XIII. The jealousy of rival painters influenced his return to Rome, where he remained till his death. His landscapes are a notable part of his work. The Louvre has many of his canvases, among them The Finding of Moses, Eliezer and Rebecca, and The Blind Men of Jericho. Other works are The Rape of the Sabines, The Childhood of Jupiter, Moses Striking the Rock, Et in Arcadia Ego, and the set called The Seven Sacraments.

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