2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

The Attribution of Two Old Master Paintings from the Seventeenth Century in the Manner of Poussin
Gordon E. Harrison
Dr. Sara Orel and Dr. Julia DeLancey, Faculty Mentors

Two paintings in a private collection in Kansas are identified as being in the manner of Poussin; the Kansas Bacchanal before a Statue of Pan is from the 1660s-70s and by a French artist commissioned by Cardinal Richelieu to copy Poussin’s original, while the Kansas Shepherds Spying on Nymph and Satyr is from the 1670s-90s and by a follower of Poussin. Both are unrecorded pictures, done in Poussin’s lifetime, significant to the field of Poussin studies. The Kansas Bacchanal is an exact copy of the original with the exception of the removal of a satyr and all masculine genitalia, while the Kansas Shepherds painting is a copy of a lost work by Poussin, known from a fragmentary image and preparatory sketches.

Keywords: Poussin, attribution, baroque

Topic(s):Art History

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 15-2
Location: OP 2210
Time: 10:00

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