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Poussin and Optics: Reflections on the Lake in “a Calm”

Janis Bell    Independent Scholar    

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abstract

Poussin’s biographers emphasised the importance of his study of optics and, particularly, of his study of Zaccolini’s treatises. Through a close examination of the reflections on the surface of the lake in Landscape with a Calm, we will show how Poussin’s mastery of catoptrics (the science of mirrors) guides the viewers’ experience and provides a key to the function of the lake as the central focus of the picture.

Published
Dec. 11, 2020
Accepted
Sept. 24, 2020
Submitted
July 3, 2020
Language
EN

Keywords: PoussinSeicento paintingZaccoliniLandscapeOpticsLight and shadow

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