The Infant Bacchus Entrusted To The Nymphs
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1958.290
People
Nicolas Poussin, French (Les Andelys, France 1594 - 1665 Rome, Italy)
Title
The Infant Bacchus Entrusted to the Nymphs
Other Titles
Alternate Title: The Birth of Bacchus
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
c. 1657
Culture
French
Physical Descriptions
Medium
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
Dimensions
22.9 x 37.5 cm (9 x 14 3/4 in.)
Provenance
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
1958
Object Number
1958.290
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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 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

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, 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, p. 272, 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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