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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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The Ashes of Phocion Collected by His Widow

NICOLAS POUSSIN, 1648

 

This impressive painting by Nicolas Poussin is one of several “classical landscapes,” which paired themes of antiquity (history before the Middle Ages) with idyllic scenes in nature. At first glance, the viewer’s eye is drawn to the elegant and dignified backdrop, and it is almost too easy overlook the real focus of the work, which is taking place in the foreground.

 

Phocion was a successful and, for most of his life, highly respected politician in Ancient Greece. As an old man, he fell out of favor with both the Athenian leaders ...

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