Nicolas Poussin painted A dance to the Music of Time for a highly cultivated patron, Giulio Rospigliosi, who later became Pope Clement IX. The painting has often been taken as a statement of Poussin's own philosophy. But as this book shows, his contribution was rather that of the painter, giving pictorial expression to the poetic and philosophical ideas of this patron. The book examines Rospigliosi's patronage, the meaning of the painting, the evolution of the composition, its visual success, Poussin's importance in the eyes of the British art collectors such as Lord Hertford, as well as the painting's critical fortune.
Author: Richard Beresford
Paperback, 27.5cm x 24cm, 80 pages