Jacques Thuillier – Published by Fayard, 1988 Who was Poussin? The father of academicism, an educated man who led painting astray, or the most sensitive and most inspired of artists? Was he pedantic, passionate or wise? Why place him among French painters when all the works we have, almost half a dozen, were painted in … Continue reading Nicolas Poussin
Alain Mérot – Hazan, 1990 As a specialist in 17th century French painting, the author follows the life and work of Nicolas Poussin step by step in an illustrated work of 462 works of art, 103 of which are in colour. A list of topics, a dictionary of Poussin-esque painting and a selection of letters … Continue reading Poussin
Born around 1615, Giovanni (or Giovan) Pietro Bellori was a friend of Poussin, he knew the painter after he returned to Rome in 1642. In 1664 he delivered a speech on the Ideal in Art, at a conference at the Academy of St. Luke in Rome, the text of which became the preface of his … Continue reading Giovanni Pietro BELLORI (circa 1615-1696)
Painter and pupil of Domenichino, he is best known for his biographical work of painters, sculptors and architects who were active in Rome and died between 1641 and 1673. His work was published more than a century later, in 1772. Along with Bellori, he is one of the first biographers of Poussin.