Sunday, September 12, 2010

Nicolas Poussin - The Death of Germanicus

Nicolas Poussin, The Death of Germanicus, 1627, Oil on canvas, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The William Hood Dunwoody Fund

The primaries (red, blue, and yellow) account for much of the color and vibrancy of this 1627 painting. While parts of the piece are painted in other color mixtures, those other colors seem to have been intentionally made subtler in appearance in order to make the primaries pop out more. The other colors are merely backdrops for the lavish primary-colored garments and textured fabrics.

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