Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion (collected by His Widow) by Nicolas Poussin

Regarded as a cornerstone of the classical landscape tradition, this painting is also one of Poussin's supreme achievements.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
118.5 x 177.6 cm
Art Fund grant:
£50,000 ( Total: £1,150,000; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
1984
Vendor:
Trustees of Lord Derby's Heirlooms Settlement

Phocion, a noble Athenian general, was condemned to death by his enemies and forced to drink hemlock. His body was carried outside the city walls, in the outskirts of Megara, where it was cremated. The scene depicted here shows Phocion's widow gathering the ashes to transport them back to Athens, where they were accorded an honourable burial once the tide of political opinion had changed. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

Provenance

Painted for M.Serisier, in 1648; Lord Derby, Knowsley Hall from 1782.

Venue details

Walker Art Gallery William Brown Street, LIVERPOOL Merseyside L3 8EL 0151 478 4199 www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker

Entry details

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