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

The Death of Camilla

1623
Pencil, pen, brown ink and grey wash on paper, 184 x 324 mm
Royal Library, Windsor

The Death of Camilla, depicting an episode from Virgin's Aeneid, contains motifs to which Poussin would be able to return for the composition of his first Roman painting: warriors striding into the battle from the side with their weapons drawn, soldiers falling backwards onto the ground or already felled, troops hurling spears - all of these appear both in the drawing and in the painting Joshua's Victory over the Amorites.