It's been a while since I posted an entry in my virtual gallery. Today I've elected to feature a series of works painted from 1644 to 1648 by the French artist, Nicolas Poussin. It is a cycle of paintings based on the "Seven Sacraments" of Catholic Theology.
Although I'm not a religious person, some pieces of religious art can still resonate with me. In this case, though, it is not just the art which I really like but also the setting. The paintings are part of the collection of the National Gallery of Scotland and are displayed in an octagonal room which has the entrance in one wall and each of the seven paintings on the the others. The rich purple of the walls combine with the low light levels to give the paintings a somewhat serene setting. In some ways it's a bit like being in a dimly lit church.
I have decided to acquire these paintings for my virtual gallery but only if I can have the room they currently hang in as well!
|The Sacrament of Baptism|
|The Sacrament of Confirmation|
|The Sacrament of Marriage|
|The Sacrament of Penance|
|The Sacrament of Ordination|
|The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist|
|The Sacrament of Extreme Unction|
You can find out more about these pictures, and Poussin, here.