‘How curious are the evils caused by wine’s vapours’ – Nicolas Poussin’s The Triumph of Pan | Events at The Victoria Art Gallery
Image: Nicolas Poussin The Triumph of Pan, 1636; Oil on canvas, 135.9 x 146 cm: Bought with contributions from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund, 1982 © The National Gallery, London Image: Nicolas Poussin The Triumph of Pan, 1636; Oil on canvas, 135.9 x 146 cm: Bought with contributions from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund, 1982 © The National Gallery, London Show image info

Nicolas Poussin The Triumph of Pan, 1636; Oil on canvas, 135.9 x 146 cm: Bought with contributions from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund, 1982 © The National Gallery, London

‘How curious are the evils caused by wine’s vapours’ – Nicolas Poussin’s The Triumph of Pan

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Nina Cahill, Curatorial Fellow of Paintings 1600–1800 at the National Gallery, London will talk about Nicolas Poussin’s exuberant Bacchanal that will go on display at the Victoria Art Gallery as part of the National Gallery Masterpiece Tour 2019 from 11 April. Today’s viewers might be surprised to learn that this scene of drunken revelry was painted for a cardinal’s palace.

The painting was commissioned by the French Minister of State, Cardinal Richelieu to form part of the Cabinet du Roi in his newly built Château Richelieu at Poitou. Together with its companion piece, The Triumph of Bacchus (The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City), it was shipped from Poussin’s studio in Rome to Paris in May 1636.

A closer look at the painting, its sources, related drawings and the context of the commission will shed some light on this complex picture and its possible meanings.

This talk will take place at the Guildhall, Bath. Tickets are available now from the Bath Box Office website.

Image: Nicolas Poussin, The Triumph of Pan (detail) © The National Gallery, London. Bought with contributions from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund, 1982.