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Landscape with Saint John on Patmos

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Safa Aleem

on 21 November 2013

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Transcript of Landscape with Saint John on Patmos

Landscape with Saint John on Patmos
By Nicolas Poussin

The Artist
He was born on15 June 1594 in Les Andelys, Normandy, France
Leading painter of the classical French Baroque style
Subject Matter
Saint John
Ruins of buildings
The fallen ruins in the foreground represent the fall of pagan beliefs
An eagle, a traditional symbol for Saint John, coincidentally the symbol of the Roman Empire, stands behind Saint John
Egyptian obelisk and a temple with Corinthian columns, both symbols of progress and human accomplishment
Formal Analysis
Poussin studied Neo-Stoic philosophy, which revolved around emotional self-control and the laws of nature. The painting contains lines which help it seem balanced and symmetrical. Also, the architecture and the architectural ruins give a sense of classical geometry to the scene.
Done in 1640
Oil on canvas
Compositional Structure
A man who is a religious figure writing the Revelations
Fallen/ destroyed ruins
Depicting a scene of Saint John who was banished to the Greek island of Patmos
Poussin is synonymously known for being a classical Baroque artist. His work is characterized by clarity, logic, and order, and favors line over color. He is an especially important figure in the development of landscape painting
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