POUSSIN, Nicolas
(b. 1594, Les Andelys, d. 1665, Roma)

Landscape with Orpheus and Euridice (detail)

Oil on canvas
Musée du Louvre, Paris

The painting provides impressive evidence for Poussin's view that a familiar subject in painting only becomes new and unique if the artist treats it in an original manner. Thus the composition continues to deploy elements traditionally found in Orpheus representations, but combines and reinterprets them in a surprising fashion.