The Birth of Venus

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While the Philadelphia Museum of Art may not house some of the more famous artwork from the Baroque period, their acquisition of Poussin’s “Birth of Venus” was nothing short of a savvy purchase.

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The Birth of Venus (1635) -------------------------------------------------Nicolas Poussin -------------------------------------------------Sean E. MasihArt History 102August 25, 2013While the Philadelphia Museum of Art may not house some of the more famous artwork from the Baroque period, their acquisition of Poussin's "Birth of Venus" was nothing short of a savvy purchase. Hungry for Western currency, the painting was sold by the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in 1930 under the Soviet Regime to the PMA. In their possession is arguably one of the most hotly debated works from that era. Also aptly named "The Triumph of Neptune and Amphitrite" this painting not only highlights Poussin's trademark ability to allow for an open interpretation of his depictions but also encourages an allegorical analysis of the many elements present in his composition. The very ambiguities of this painting, and his others, emphasizes Poussin's capacity to express the concepts or overall ideas of things and events themselves while not concentrating on the minutia while still allowing for translation. Before one can approach an iconological interpretation of Poussin's work, one must also und

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