The Inspiration of the Poet
Nicolas Poussin - circa 1628-1630
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Though painted only a short time after 'The Triumph of David' (Prado, Madrid), 'The Inspiration of the Epic Poet' has a grandeur that foreshadows Poussin's later, classical compositions. Apollo, seated beneath a laurel tree and crowned with a laurel wreath, dictates to a younger poet, while Calliope, the muse of epic poetry, stands on the left. In the foreground are three books, the Iliad, the Odessy and the Aeneid, the great epics of antiquity.
Owner/Location: Musée du Louvre  (France - Paris)
Dates: circa 1628-1630
Artist age:Approximately 36 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 182 cm (71.65 in.), Width: 213 cm (83.86 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member laure9 on 26 January 2009.
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