Tag: Poussin

Art and Art History News | September 20th 2013

 Art and Art History News Katrina Grant The Atlantic asked its readers to tell them why Humanities PhD programs (in the US) haven’t collapsed (and in some cases are growing) if there is no job market? They elicited an interesting range of responses, I think my favourite is ‘Perhaps there is simply an inverse ratio between how much a person loves something, and how carefully they consider the economic wisdom of pursuing it.’ Indeed.  A thoughtful piece on ABC arts by Barnaby Smith asks whether curatorial choices in the new Royal Academy show in London, Australia,  show perpetuate British ideas of Australian art. A piece in The Atlantic Cities on why American University campuses embraced Gothic Architecture – ‘”The newer the campus was, the older it appeared to be.” Is a smuggling scandal about to erupt around the looting of…

What are you looking at? | Mark Shepheard – Nicolas Poussin, The Crossing of the Red Sea

Nicolas Poussin, The Crossing of the Red Sea, 1633-34 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Poussin’s Crossing of the Red Sea was once something of a problem painting. Indeed, its exact relationship to the pendant Adoration of the Golden Calf (National Gallery, London) has made great fodder for undergraduate essay questions. The two works, clearly related in content and—as we shall see—origin have often been seen as quite dissimilar in composition and style, and these differences were once taken to indicate that the two paintings date from slightly different periods in the 1630s. We know from Bellori’s Life of Poussin (1674) that both the Crossing and the Golden Calf were painted for Amedeo dal Pozzo, Marchese del Voghera (1579-1644), and that they hung in his palazzo in Turin. Luigi Scaramuccia in his treatise on Italian painters—Le finezze de’ pennelli italiani, 1672—adds…

News | NGV unveils restored Poussin ‘The Crossing of the Red Sea’

Today the National Gallery of Victoria unveiled Nicolas Poussin’s The Crossing of the Red Sea’ after an intensive, twelve-month conservation project. The painting is one of the NGV’s, and arguably Australia’s, finest European masterpieces. It was painted by Poussin in 1633-34 along with its companion piece The Adoration of the Golden Calf, which is housed in the National Gallery in London. The restoration project was sponsored by BNP Paribas Australia & New Zealand, who have for the past eighteen years helped to restore over two hundred paintings, including works from the Chateau de Versailles, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Neue Pinakotheque in Munich and many other collections. The painting was cleaned twice during the twentieth century, once in 1947 while still in a private collection, and again in 1960 by London-based restorer Horace Buttery, in connection…

NGV Lecture: The Poussin Project

NGV Lecture The Poussin Project Carl Villis, Conservator or European paintings before 1800 Nicholas Poussin’s Crossing of the Red Sea (c. 1634) is one of the National Gallery of Victoria’s most prized paintings. For NGV conservator Carl Villis, thanks to a special grant from French bank BNP Paribas, a full year has been set aside to complete restoration of the work, and to publish weekly updates on the NGV website. Join Carl for a discussion of the work undertaken so far, and the opportunity to ask questions. Speaker: Carl Villis, Conservator or European paintings before 1800. Date: Saturday 4 June, 2pm. Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International. Cost: $12 NGV Member / $18 non-member. Bookings: Ph +61 3 8662 1555, 10am-5pm daily. Event code: M1127 or see website. For further information on the Poussin project see the NGV website.