Funeral of Phocion
- (1648; Paris, Louvre)Painted by Nicolas Poussin, the Funeral of Phocion depicts an episode related by Plutarch in his Lives. Phocion was an Athenian general who fought against Philip of Macedon. Against the wishes of the Athenians, he worked out a truce with the Macedonians and, as a result, was forced to poison himself with hemlock, his corpse banished from the city. In Poussin's work, Phocion's body is being carried out of Athens. In the story, he is later vindicated and given the burial of a hero within the city's walls. In a companion piece also by Poussin, the Gathering of the Ashes of Phocion (1648; Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery), the hero's wife collects his remains for proper burial. Poussin's treatment of the landscape in these works owes a debt to the landscapes of Annibale Carracci and Domenichino. As in his prototypes, Poussin portrayed a nature tamed by man, with calculated parallel planes that recede into space balanced by the verticality of strategically placed trees. Poussin's classicized approach befits the ancient story of vindication and moral virtue.
Historical dictionary of Renaissance art. Lilian H. Zirpolo. 2008.
Look at other dictionaries:
The Funeral of Phocion — is a 1648 painting, also known as The Burial of Phocion, Landscape with the Funeral of Phocion and Landscape with the Body of Phocion Carried out of Athens, by French artist Nicolas Poussin. Phocion was an Athenian stateman from the 4th century… … Wikipedia
Phocion — (in Greek Φωκίων, also called Phokion, c402 c318 BC, nicknamed The Good) was an Athenian statesman and a Strategos.Phocion was a successful politician of Athens. He believed that an extreme frugality was the condition for virtue and lived in… … Wikipedia
Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion — Infobox Painting| image size=230px title=Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion artist=Nicolas Poussin year=1648 type=Oil on canvas height=116.5 width=178.5 city=Liverpool museum=Walker Art GalleryLandscape with the Ashes of Phocion is a 1648… … Wikipedia
Larmer Tree Gardens — The Larmer Tree Gardens near Tollard Royal in south Wiltshire, England, were created by Lieutenant General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers in 1880 as pleasure grounds for public enlightenment and entertainment . They were the first private… … Wikipedia
Nicolas Poussin — Poussin redirects here. For other uses, see Poussin (disambiguation). Nicolas Poussin Self portrait by Nicolas Poussin, 1650 Born June 15, 1594(1594 06 15) nea … Wikipedia
Poussin, Nicolas — (1594 1665) French artist who was mainly active in Rome. Little is known of Poussin s activities in France prior to his arrival in the papal city in 1624. He is then documented living with Simon Vouet, and in 1626 with François Duquesnoy. The… … Dictionary of Renaissance art
National Museum Cardiff — Coordinates: 51°29′09″N 3°10′38″W / 51.4858°N 3.1773°W / 51.4858; 3.1773 … Wikipedia
Demosthenes — For other historical and fictional personages named Demosthenes, see Demosthenes (disambiguation). Demosthenes Bust of Demosthenes (Louvre, Paris, France) Born … Wikipedia
Leosthenes — (in Greek Λεωσθένης; died 323 BC) was an Athenian, commander of the combined Greek army in the Lamian war. We know not by what means he had obtained the high reputation which we find him enjoying when he first makes his appearance in history: it… … Wikipedia
Julius Caesar — For other uses, see Julius Caesar (disambiguation). Gaius Julius Caesar Dictator of the Roman Republic … Wikipedia