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image of Nymphs Feeding the Child Jupiter Follower of Nicolas Poussin
Anonymous Artist (painter)
Nicolas Poussin (related artist)
French, 1594 - 1665
Nymphs Feeding the Child Jupiter, c. 1650
oil on canvas
overall: 117.4 x 155.3 cm (46 1/4 x 61 1/8 in.) framed: 148 x 184.2 x 12.1 cm (58 1/4 x 72 1/2 x 4 3/4 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
1952.2.21
Not on View
From the Tour: Seventeenth-Century French Painting
Object 6 of 8

According to Roman mythology, the infant Jupiter was concealed from his murderous father on the island of Crete. The princess Amalthea uses a goat's horn, or cornucopia, to give him milk to drink, while her sister Melissa holds a honeycomb for him to eat. Thus nurtured in secret, Jupiter grew to manhood and overthrew his father to become king of the Olympian deities. In the otherwise muted color scheme, the princess holding Jupiter wears pure yellow and blue, attracting attention to the main character. Poussin's coherent compositions and lucid color contrasts were in accord with a belief that painting, like mathematics, was governed by absolute logic. To obtain these calculated effects, Poussin often constructed a theatrical shadow box which, filled with movable wax manikins, served as a model for his final picture.

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