Study for the Triumph of Neptune and Amphitrite

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Study for the Triumph of Neptune and Amphitrite


Nicolas Poussin (French, 1594 - 1665)




France (Place created)


about 1635


Pen and brown ink


14.6 x 20.6 cm (5 3/4 x 8 1/8 in.)

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Nicolas Poussin made this drawing as a study for the central group in a painting of the marriage of Neptune and Amphitrite, the god and goddess of the sea. It may show his initial steps in developing the final composition of the painting, commissioned by Cardinal Richelieu, an important art patron and chief minister for Louis XIII. Using simple oval forms for bodies and heads and lightly sketched limbs, Poussin worked out the spatial relationships among the figures. He changed the arrangement in the final painting but kept the two seated nymphs and the triton with a fluttering piece of drapery.


Nathaniel Hone, London , London

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

Art Market, Zurich

Art Market, Boston

The Sir Anthony Blunt Collection (1964) (56)
  • Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, (London), 1964
The Power of Myth: European Mythological Drawings of the 15th through the 19th Century (October 12 to December 26, 1993) (56)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 12 to December 26, 1993
Raphael and his Influence Across the Centuries (October 31, 2000 to January 7, 2001) (56)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 31, 2000 to January 7, 2001