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Nicolas Poussin's landscape allegories

Author: Sheila McTighe
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Nicolas Poussin's Landscape Allegories offers new interpretations for several of the artist's most beautiful and enigmatic paintings of his late career. Examining the landscapes within the social and intellectual context of seventeenth-century libertinage, a clandestine atheist movement, Sheila McTighe also addresses the reception of these works, as ideally conceived by the artist, and as seen by a subsequent  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Nicolas Poussin; Nicolas Poussin; Nicolas Poussin; Nicolas Poussin; Nicolas Poussin
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sheila McTighe
ISBN: 0521482143 9780521482141
OCLC Number: 32509515
Description: xiv, 212 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Contents: 1. Poussin's Storm Landscapes and Libertinage in the Mid-Seventeenth Century. A Libertin Quotation to Chantelou in 1647. Poussin's Storm Landscapes and the Theme of Blindness. Libertinage and Allegory --
2. Poussin's Landscape with Orpheus, circa 1650: The Politics of Its Reception. Poussin's Allegory of Orpheus: The Wedding and the City. Echoes of Orpheus in the Mid-Seventeenth Century. Orpheus in Paris --
3. Landscape as the Site of Allegory: Poussin and Roman Studies of the Hieroglyph. Hieroglyphics in Mid-Seventeenth-Century Rome. Cassiano dal Pozzo, Hieroglyphs, and Allegory in Rome. Kircher, Poussin, and the Palestrina Mosaic. The Landscape with a Man Killed by a Snake --
4. Poussin's Classicism, or Libertinage in Representation. The Modes of Music and Poussin's Self-Portraits of 1649 and 1650. Poussin and the Written Word. Textual Sequence and Pictorial Space: Painting the World as Allegory.
Other Titles: Landscape allegories
Responsibility: Sheila McTighe.
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Nicolas Poussin's Landscape Allegories offers new interpretations for several of the artist's most beautiful and enigmatic paintings of his late career. Examining the landscapes within the social and intellectual context of seventeenth-century libertinage, a clandestine atheist movement, Sheila McTighe also addresses the reception of these works, as ideally conceived by the artist, and as seen by a subsequent generation of critics and biographers. This study also challenges the traditional view of Poussin's work, inherited from academic criticism and more recent scholarship, as "classic," a term that implies its clarity and rationality. McTighe argues that Poussin's landscape allegories, despite their outward limpidity, are deliberately obfuscatory, their meaning ensconced in a set of signs and symbols recognizeable only to an intellectual milieu that was marginal in seventeenth-century cultural life.

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