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Poussin and Love at Musée des Beaux Arts [Lyon]

A drawing made by Poussin for the poet Giovanni Battista Marino in Paris, c.1622-23 (see RCIN 911933 for details). 

This obscure episode is not to be found in Ovid, and the other sources disagree about the details. According to Vincenzo Cartari (Le imag
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Poussin and Love

26 November – 5 March 2023

Poussin is often thought of as a painter of severe classical perfection, but his paintings – especially his earlier works – could also be sensual, charming and seductive. This exhibition seeks to demonstrate the theme of mythological love as a key inspiration for the artist-poet, especially the inseparable links between love and death, derived from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and other ancient poetry. The show brings together approximately 50 paintings and drawings, including Lyon’s recently acquired Death of Chione, and nine drawings from the Royal Collection.

Rooms and locations with objects on display