The Adoration of the Sacred Calf

size(cm): 45x65
Sale price€173,95 EUR


The painting "The Adoration of the Golden Calf" by Nicolas Poussin is a masterpiece of French Baroque art depicting one of the most dramatic episodes in the Old Testament, the worship of the golden calf by the Israelites in the desert.

The composition of the work is impressive, with a large number of figures in action, all of them represented with great detail and realism. Color is also remarkable, with a rich and vibrant palette that reflects the intensity of the scene.

Poussin uses a dramatic lighting technique to highlight key characters in the painting, such as Moses, who stands in the center of the composition, while the Israelites worship the golden calf around him.

The story behind the painting is also fascinating. Poussin is said to have been hired to paint the work by Cardinal Richelieu, who wanted a work that represented fidelity to God and condemnation of idolatry. The painting was completed in 1633 and is currently in the National Gallery in London.

Although the work is widely known and admired, there are some lesser-known aspects that make it even more interesting. For example, it is said that Poussin was inspired by the work of Raphael to create the composition, and that the figure of Moses is based on a classical statue that the artist saw in Rome.

In short, "The Adoration of the Golden Calf" is a masterpiece of French Baroque art that combines impressive technique with a fascinating story and a dramatic and emotional composition that continues to captivate viewers to this day.

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