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Nicolas Poussin

As many others artists who get inspired by Greek mythology, Nicolas Poussin, a leading French painter of classicism, creates many landscapes with scenes of ancient Greece and its mythology. Four of them (with Polyphemus, Diogenes, Orpheus and Eurydice, and a man killed by a snake) are etched and engraved by Etienne Baudet, who dedicates them to King Louis XIV.

Landscape with Diogenes

The print Landscape with Diogenes illustrates the excerpt of Diogenes Laertius’ book Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers: «A child has beaten me in simplicity»:

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