Two Girls Accompanied by Cupid

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Two Girls Accompanied by Cupid


Nicolas Poussin (French, 1594 - 1665)






Pen and brown ink and brown wash over black chalk


17.3 × 12.4 cm (6 13/16 × 4 7/8 in.)

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A putto and an attendant may be leading a bride--the woman on the left--to her groom while Cupid urges her on, but the subject is not perfectly clear. The drawing might merely represent any classical human marriage scene, or it might represent a more specific mythological theme such as the marriage of Bacchus and Ariadne.

Nicolas Poussin used more ink and wash to make drawings than any other medium, combining graceful, fluid lines with a sensitive, judicious use of wash. Here he created beautifully rippling costumes that gently move along with the young women yet also have a modest life of their own. Characteristically, he chose to leave the women's features abstract.


Richard Philipps, Baron Milford, Pickton Castle, Pembrokeshire


Sir John Philipps, by descent


Sir Anthony Frederick Blunt, British, 1907 - 1983, London


Art Market, Zurich


Art Market, Boston

The Sir Anthony Blunt Collection (1964) (57)
  • Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery (London), 1964
Classicism and Neoclassicism in French Drawing, 1600-1860 (October 25, 1994 to January 8, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 25, 1994 to January 8, 1995