Inventory number
P02310
Author
Poussin, Nicholas
Title
Landscape with Buildings
Chronology
1648 - 1650
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
120 cm x 187 cm
School
Flemish
Theme
Landscape
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection (Jacques Meijers Collection, Rotterdam, 1722, n. 3; acquisition of Felipe V; Collection of Felipe V, Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, 1727; Collection of Felipe V, La Granja Palace, “salón donde comían sus Majestades”, 1746, nº 190; La Granja Palace, 1794, n. 190; La Granja Palace, 1814-1818, n. 190)

A valley, crossed by a river on whose banks are several buildings, is framed by trees and mountains on the horizon.

In the foreground are three seated figures and two more accompanied by horses. This may be a representation of the trip to Athens by the cynical philosopher, Diogenes of Sinope (fourth century B.C.), who was a classical example of honesty and rebellion against civilization's artifice. This is visible in his renunciation of all luxury, and he is usually represented dressed only in a rough cape.

There is also an engraving by Châtillon of this work.

This painting is listed in the 1746 inventory of King Felipe V's collection at the Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso.

 
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