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Morgan Library explores how the Grand Siècle in Rome inspired the drawings of Poussin and Claude

The exhibition brings together more than 50 works created by French artists living abroad

Poussin’s pen-and-ink work Death of Hippolytus (1645) (The Morgan Library & Museum)

The exhibition Poussin, Claude and French Drawing in the Classical Age at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York (16 June-15 October) brings together more than 50 drawings from the museum’s collection made by French artists living in Rome in the 17th-century. Aesthetically, the period, known as the Grand Siècle, was characterised by a dual interest in classicism and naturalism, but the show includes “unconventional examples”, say the show's curator, Jennifer Tonkovich. One scene by Poussin, in which he depicts the death of the Greek mythological figure Hippolytus, "deviates from his classical style to experiment with a more robust and dynamic composition", Tonkovich says.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'How the Grand Siècle in Rome inspired the drawings of Poussin and Claude'