The Shepherds of Arcadia
 (also known as Et in Arcadia ego)
Nicolas Poussin - 1627-1628
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This is one of Poussin's most moving elegies. The melancholy theme - the presence of death even in the happiest of countries - is conveyed as much by the contrast of dark tree trunks against a sunset sky as by the skull on the tomb. Never did Poussin make more dramatic use of the device of painting dark leaves flecked with white by the sun so that they form a sort of lace network against the clouds.
Owner/Location: Chatsworth House (Devonshire Collection)  (United Kingdom - Chatsworth)
Dates: 1627-1628
Artist age:Approximately 34 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 101 cm (39.76 in.), Width: 82 cm (32.28 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member laure9 on 28 January 2009.
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