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.

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

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