The Infant Bacchus Entrusted To The Nymphs Of Nysa
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Nicolas Poussin, French (Les Andelys, France 1594 - 1665 Rome, Italy)
The Infant Bacchus Entrusted to the Nymphs of Nysa
Other Titles
Alternate Title: The Birth of Bacchus
Work Type
c. 1656
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink and brown wash over traces of black chalk, squared in red chalk on off-white antique laid paper laid down on off-white antique laid paper, framing lines in brown ink
22.9 x 37.5 cm (9 x 14 3/4 in.)
Anne-Louis Girodet de Rousy-Trioson; her sale, Paris, 11 April 1825, lot 499; Sir Thomas Lawrence; William Coningham; Pierre Defer and Henri Dumesnil, Paris (their mark, L.739, lower right); their sale, Paris, Drouot, 10-12 May 1900, lot 204; sale, Paris, Drouot, 14 May 1958; Stephen Higgins, Paris; Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Stralem, New York, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1958, inv. no. 1958.290
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Stralem
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), cat. no. 275, p. 235, repr.

Hilliard T. Goldfarb, From Fontainebleau to the Louvre: French Drawing from the Seventeenth Century, exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art/Indiana University Press (Cleveland, 1989), cat. no. 23 pp. 58-60, repr.

Pierre Rosenberg and Louis-Antoine Prat, Nicolas Poussin 1594-1665: catalogue raisonné des dessins, Leonardo (Milan, Italy, 1994), vol. I, cat. no. 364, pp. 702-703, repr., vol. II, p. 1211

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 100, repr.

Pierre Rosenberg and Keith Christiansen, ed., Poussin and Nature: Arcadian Visions, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art / Yale University Press (New York, 2008), cat. no. 59, pp. 270, 272, 274-75, repr.

Louis-Antoine Prat, Le dessin français au XVIIe siècle, Somogy Editions d'Art (Paris, 2013), pp. 83, 637, fig. 161, repr.

Nicolas Milovanovic and Mickäel Szanto, ed., Poussin et Dieu, exh. cat., Hazan (Paris, 2015), pp. 146-7, fig. 108

Laurence Lhinares, "Alexis-Nicolas Pérignon (1785-1864), peintre, expert, marchand et collectionneur", Revue du Louvre: La Revue des Musées de France (December 2013), no. 5, pp. 69-78, p. 73, fig. 6, repr.

Exhibition History

Five Colleges Roman Baroque Festival, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, 04/04/1974 - 04/28/1974; Mead Art Museum, Amherst, 04/07/1974 - 04/30/1974

From Fontainebleau to the Louvre: French Drawings from the 17th Century, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/24/1990 - 04/08/1990; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 05/06/1990 - 06/17/1990; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, 12/13/1989 - 01/28/1990

HAA 10 Survey Course: The Western Tradition, Art Since the Renaissance, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/08/2008 - 04/06/2008

Poussin and Nature: Arcadian Visions, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 02/12/2008 - 05/11/2008

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 08 Rotation 2), Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 10/23/2008 - 11/16/2008

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 09 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/16/2009 - 11/08/2009

Related Works
Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted