The Easel

First Look: Poussin and God at the Louvre

Scholarly debate has raged for years on how to interpret the paintings of Nicolas Poussin. Conventional wisdom (following art historian Anthony Blunt) has emphasised his Stoic philosophy. It now appears that Blunt not only concealed his true identity as a Soviet spy but he also suppressed evidence of Poussin’s orthodox Catholic outlook. The Louvre has mounted an exhibition of Poussin’s work in support of this new scholarship.