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

Polyphemus Discovers Acis and Galatea

Pencil, pen, brown ink and wash on paper, 182 x 323 mm
Royal Library, Windsor

This early drawing still displays typical characteristics of the School of Fontainebleau, such as the highly popular combination of large and small figures, their size difference explained by their appearance at varying spatial depths. Poussin finds additional justification for exploiting this device in the fact that the figure lurking in the foreground is a giant.