Nicolas Poussin occupies a central place in the history of art. His paintings provided the foundation for the great French tradition of classical art and nurtured the neoclassicism of the 18th and 19th centuries. The Kimbell had acquired the artist's "Venus and Adonis" four years before the exhibition, in 1985.
Caption: Nicolas Poussin, Venus and Adonis, c. 1628–29, oil on canvas. Kimbell Art Museum, acquired in 1985