Landscape during a Thunderstorm with Pyramus and Thisbe, Nicolas Poussin
Nicolas Poussin
Landscape during a Thunderstorm with Pyramus and Thisbe
Back to top

Nicolas Poussin

Landscape during a Thunderstorm with Pyramus and Thisbe, 1651


Dimensions
191.0 x 274.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1849
Acquisition
Acquired in 1931
Status
On display

Texts

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.

Audio & Video

  • 01:10
    Basic information
  • 02:06
    Focus on art history
  • 02:50
    Focus on material
  • KunstIStück – Nicolas Poussin: Gewitterlandschaft mit Pyramus und Thisbe
    Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Nicolas Poussin: Gewitterlandschaft mit Pyramus und Thisbe, 1651, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main. https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/de/werk/gewitterlandschaft-mit-pyramus-und-thisbe#yt

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
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
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

More to discover

Albums

Contact

Do you have any suggestions, questions or information about this work?

Last import

04.01.2019