Bacchic Scene (with Pan) 1626

Bacchic Scene (with Pan),1626 - by Nicolas Poussin

Bacchic Scene (with Pan), 1626 – by Nicolas Poussin

Much of Poussin’s scenes, created in his early years in Rome, require of the viewer an extensive acquaintance with ancient mythology. At Cupid’s command, the goat-legged shepherd-god Pan has knelt and taken Venus, the goddess of love, on his shoulders. A little winged putto is giving a hand, and the group is accompanied by a sturdy faun bearing a basket of fruit on his shoulder. The lively ensemble has been set in an Arcadian landscape.

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