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‘How curious are the evils caused by wine’s vapours’ – Nicolas Poussin’s The Triumph of Pan
Wed Sep 18 @ 12.30 pm - 1.00 pmIncluded with admission
Nina Cahill, McCrindle Curatorial Fellow of Paintings 1600–1800 at the National Gallery, London will talk about Nicolas Poussin’s exuberant Bacchanal that will be on display at York Art Gallery as part of the National Gallery Masterpiece Tour 2019. Today’s viewers might be surprised to learn that this scene of drunken revelry was painted for a cardinal’s palace.
The painting was commissioned by the French Minister of State, Cardinal Richelieu to form part of the Cabinet du Roi in his newly built Château Richelieu at Poitou. Together with its companion piece, The Triumph of Bacchus (The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City), it was shipped from Poussin’s studio in Rome to Paris in May 1636.
Nina will take a close look at the painting and the context of the commission and its reception in order to shed some light on this complex picture and its possible meanings.