Nicolas Poussin: Parnassus

Parnassus: Nicolas Poussin

Parnassus is a 1632 painting by French Baroque artist Nicolas Poussin who specialized in the classical style and worked for most of his life in Rome. This work is located in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

Analysis of Poussin’s Parnassus

Parnassus is also known as Apollo and the Muses as it is possible that the figure to the right in the blue robe is Apollo, the god of poetic inspiration. Poussin painted this picture between 1631 and 1632 and modeled it on Raphael’s treatment of a similar scene of Parnassus, the home of the Muses, a Fresco painting from 1511 in Apostolic Palace, Vatican City.

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