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Bacchus and Erigone (pen & ink with wash on paper)

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Bacchus and Erigone (pen & ink with wash on paper)

1219184 Bacchus and Erigone (pen & ink with wash on paper) by Poussin, Nicolas (1594-1665); 17.7x14.7 cm; Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, UK; eFitzwilliam Museum; French, out of copyright

Media ID 23386636

© Fitzwilliam Museum / Bridgeman Images

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This print showcases the exquisite artwork of Nicolas Poussin, a renowned French painter from the 17th century. Titled "Bacchus and Erigone" this pen and ink drawing with wash on paper is housed in the prestigious Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge in the UK. The image depicts a mythological scene filled with symbolism and beauty. In it, Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, stands alongside Erigone, a figure from Ovid's Metamorphoses. Both figures are depicted nude, emphasizing their vulnerability and connection to nature. Poussin's meticulous attention to detail is evident in every stroke of his pen. The delicate lines capture not only the graceful forms of Bacchus and Erigone but also intricate elements such as vines, goats, and vessels associated with wine. This stunning artwork invites viewers into a world where mythology intertwines with human emotions and desires. It serves as both a study for Poussin's larger works and an independent masterpiece that showcases his mastery over composition and storytelling. As we gaze upon this print, we are transported back in time to an era when art was used to explore profound themes while celebrating the beauty of the human form. Poussin's "Bacchus and Erigone" continues to captivate audiences today through its timeless elegance and rich narrative.

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