This Poussin exhibition may not have attracted the same publicity as the recent “Late Rembrandt”, but this book is a milestone in art history, and an excellent reference in its own right.
A short overview of each of the eleven painters and paintings featured so far in the series ‘Favourite Paintings’, forming a concise history of painting from 1400 to 1914.
In his later years, Poussin turned more to landscape painting. This is one of his most sublime and pure landscapes, idealised rather than representing any view of the real world, and one of the greatest landscape paintings.
There are many types of ‘truth’ in painting, but the truth that I am concerned with here is fidelity to motif: how faithfully does a painter attempt to depict the objects that they are painting?