Landscape during a Thunderstorm with Pyramus and Thisbe, Nicolas Poussin
Nicolas Poussin
Landscape during a Thunderstorm with Pyramus and Thisbe
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Nicolas Poussin

Landscape during a Thunderstorm with Pyramus and Thisbe, 1651


Dimensions
191 x 274 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1849
Acquisition
Acquired in 1931
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

Nicolas Poussin executed this painting in Rome in 1651 for Cassiano dal Pozzo, a well-known scholar and patron of the arts. Its literary source is the tragic Romeo-and-Juliet-like story of Pyramus and Thisbe, told by Ovid in his ‘Metamorphoses’. Poussin chose the dramatic moment in which Thisbe discovers her dead lover. He has thrown himself upon his sword in the belief that Thisbe has been torn to pieces by a lioness. Here, the artist brilliantly combined the tragedy experienced by the characters with an ideal landscape and a depiction of the forces of nature.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Landscape during a Thunderstorm with Pyramus and Thisbe
Painter
Contractor, employer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1931

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Ovid: Metamorphosen, 4. Buch, Pyramus und Thisbe, 142

Iconclass

Primary
Secondary
  • 25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions
  • 26E2 lightning, flash of lightning, thunderbolt
  • 25H214 lake

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Auftrag von Cassiano del Pozzo (1588-1657)
Familie del Pozzo, bis 1729
...
Sir William Morice, Werrington, Devonshire, seit spätestens 1750
vererbt an seinen Cousin Humfrey Morice (1723-1785)
verkauft an Lord Ashburnham, 1768
Verst. Christie's (Sale of the Ashburnham Collection), London, an Wilmot, 20. Juli 1850
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Max Rothschild, London, 1923
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Asti, Paris, 1926
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Kunsthandlung Julius Böhler, München
verkauft an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1931.

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03.11.2020