Sublime Poussin (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series)

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Overview


“[Marin’s] mandarin prose, as foreign to our age of mass culture as Poussin’s paintings, seems as self-sufficient as the strangely in accessible art it so beautifully describes.”—Common Knowledge
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"[Marin's] mandarin prose, as foreign to our age of mass culture as Poussin's paintings, seems as self-sufficient as the strangely in accessible art it so beautifully describes."—Common Knowledge
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Originally published in French in 1995 by Editions du Seuil. At his death in 1992, Marin, an eminent scholar and critic, was affiliated with the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. This volume comprises ten translated essays on the paintings and writings of Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), the painter and theoretician of painting to whom Marin returned most consistently over the years. Among the topics: the tempest as a major figure of the sublime in Poussin's work, the presence of ruins in the paintings, Poussin's use of the concept of metamorphosis, and the frequent presence of sleeping bodies in the work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804734776
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables
Introduction 1
Pt. I "Read the Story and the Picture"
1 Reading a Picture from 1639 according to a Letter by Poussin 5
2 Description of the Image: Concerning a Landscape by Poussin 29
3 Description of a Painting and the Sublime in Painting: Concerning a Poussin Landscape and Its Subject 66
4 Panofsky and Poussin in Arcadia 104
5 The Classical Sublime: "Tempests" in Some Landscapes by Poussin 120
Pt. II "Great Theory and Practice Allied"
6 Fragments of a Walk through Poussin's Ruins 143
7 Awakening Metamorphoses: Poussin, 1625-1635 152
8 A Gaze Rewarded, or Moses Saved from the Water 171
9 Variations on an Absent Portrait: Poussin's Self-Portraits, 1649-1650 183
10 The Sublime in the 1670s: Something Indefinable, a "Je Ne Sais Quoi"? 209
App. 1 'Sublime Poussin' (Louis Marin's summary outline, 1988) 225
App. 2 Letter to Chantelou, 28 April 1639 228
App. 3 Letter to Chantelou, 24 November 1647 230
Notes 237
Works Cited 260
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