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|Nicolas Poussin and the Invention of the Mythological Idyl|
Charles Dempsey (The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)
8 juin 2006
Daniel Arasse and I once spoke together at a colloquium honoring the centenary of the foundation of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. We both took as our subject Poussin’s experimentation with new genres of painting, in particular Poussin’s development of a theory of tragic subject and disposition, about which we both spoke. I wish to return to the question of genre for this Colloque in his memory, this time considering the early Poussin’s invention of a completely new genre, which I am naming the Mythological Idyl.
||Charles Dempsey (The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)|
Charles Dempsey is Professor of Art History at Johns Hopkins University, where he chaired the department for six years. He has written widely about Renaissance and Baroque art, including books on Botticelli’s Primavera, on Inventing the Renaissance Putto, on Annibale Carracci and the Beginnings of Baroque Style, and on Nicolas Poussin: Friendship and the Love of Painting, which he wrote together with Elizabeth Cropper. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and has held numerous visiting professorships, among them at Princeton, the University of Melbourne in Australia, and at the Collège de France and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, where he collaborated in seminars at the invitation of his good friend Daniel Arasse.