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The Serene Poet of Painting

Poussin’s Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonne by Christopher Wright Chaucer Press, 2007, $125. Poussin and Nature: Arcadian Visions edited by Pierre Rosenberg and Keith Christiansen; The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2008, $120. Christopher Wright’s book is the second and much-updated and revised edition of a work which first appeared in 1985. It is the most widely accessible source book detailing the paintings of Nicolas Poussin, who was born in Normandy in 1594 and died at Rome in 1665. It is an attractive, good and useful book and well worth its cost. Wright only offers us a thoughtful…

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