Salvator Rosa was one of the boldest and most powerfully inventive artists and personalities of the Italian 17th century. In Britain he is now best known for his wild landscapes, those scenes of which Horace Walpole so memorably wrote: “Precipices, mountains, torrents, wolves, rumblings – Salvator Rosa”. But Rosa was far more than this... More
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Accompanied an exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, 29 June–25 September 2011
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Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters
168 pages, hardback, 280 x 240 mm, 100 colour illustrations
Nicholas Cullinan, Xavier Salomon and Katherina Schmidt
Accompanying a unique exhibition of the work of the late Cy Twombly (1928–2011) and Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665) to be held at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 29 June–25 September 2011, this catalogue (published also to celebrate the Bicentenary of Dulwich Picture Gallery) will draw upon one of the great strengths of the permanent collection of works by Poussin and ally this to an exhibition firmly rooted in the present.
In 1624 and 1957, two artists, aged thirty, moved to Rome. Nicolas Poussin and Cy Twombly subsequently spent the majority of their lives in the Eternal City, and went on to become the preeminent painters of their day. This book looks at these two figures side by side for the first time, examining through common themes, subject matter and motifs, how the two painters, separated by three centuries, nonetheless engaged with shared interests and concerns. It explores a few of the common themes and subjects that Twombly and Poussin have shared, from Arcadia and the pastoral, through to figures such as Achilles, Apollo and Parnassus, Bacchus and the Bacchanalia, Flora, Galatea, Orion, Orpheus, Mars, Narcissus, Pan, and Venus, through to both painters’ late versions on the theme of The Four Seasons.
The catalogue consists of around thirty paintings and drawings, structured thematically around the six rooms of the exhibition, each devoted to key shared themes: Arcadia and the pastoral, Venus and Eros, Battle and Beheading, Apollo and Parnassus, Bacchus and Pan, and The Four Seasons. The exhibition has already received enthusiastic support and loans from major private and public collections around the world, including The National Gallery, London; Tate; The Royal Collection; Museo del Prado, Madrid; The Brandhorst Museum, Munich; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Art Institute of Chicago; and Twombly himself.
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