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        Landscape with buildings, 1648-51

        Poussin, Nicolas (1594-1665); French. Medium: oil on canvas. Date: 1648-51. In the foreground are three seated figures; this may be a representation of the trip to Athens by the Ancient Greek philosopher, Diogenes of Sinope (c.410-323 BC); also known as Diogenes the Cynic, he was one of the founders of the school of philosophy known as 'Cynical'; he was considered a classical exemplar of honesty and rebellion against the falseness and artificiality of 'civilization'; he is usually dressed in just a rough cloak as in this picture; painting acquired for King Philip V of Spain at the Palacio de la Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, in 1727; Paisaje con edificios; Paysage avec des �difices ou Paysage avec trois hommes; Provenance: Prado, Madrid, Spain. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.


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