The American painter Cy Twombly died in Rome on Tuesday 5 July 2011. He was 83. The Italian news agency Ansa said that the artist was hospitalised in Rome and had expressed his desire to be buried in the city.He once said: 'I would've liked to have been Poussin, if I'd had a choice, in another time.'This exhibition, which opened six days before Twombly's death, brings together the work of Twombly and Poussin for the first time. They were artists for whom Rome and its artistic traditions were a crucial source of influence and inspiration, and who both had a fascination for mythology, for Arcadian landscapes and the pastoral.Organised thematically, the exhibition sets the artists in dialogue with one another, their depictions of mythological figures " Flora, Orpheus, Narcissus, Pan " creating a common starting point.The comparative journey culminates in the late, great works of both Twombly and Poussin on the theme of the four seasons.

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