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Nicolas Poussin: Friendship and the Love of Painting.

Cropper, Elizabeth and Charles Dempsey, eds. Nicolas Poussin: Friendship and the Love of Painting.

Pbk. reprint. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996, 2000. xix + 12 color pls. + 374 pp. illus, bibl, index. n.p. ISBN: 0-691-05067-8.

The winner of the 1998 Charles Rufus Morey Award and the 1997 Mitchell Prize is now available in paperback. Cropper and Dempsey study the background, interests, and friendships of painter Nicholas Poussin (1594-1665) and investigate important cultural figures who were close to him in order that "what we know of Poussin's social and intellectual life might be brought to bear directly on the explication, understanding, and appreciation of his painting." They examine the importance of theory to Poussin's practice of art, demonstrate his innovations in depicting the passions and affections, and include a chapter on his deployment of "a truly neoclassicist aesthetic.
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Publication:Renaissance Quarterly
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Date:Jun 22, 2000
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