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The Met Announces Gift of a Rare Painting by the 17th-Century French Artist Nicolas Poussin

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that it has received a gift from Jon and Barbara Landau of an exceptional painting by Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665), a French artist who changed the course of European painting and set the terms for subsequent generations of artists. Agony in the Garden, created between 1626–27, is one of only two unanimously accepted works by Poussin executed in oil on copper rather than on canvas, which he used more typically. This important addition to the Department of European Paintings brings The Met's holdings of paintings by Poussin to seven, making it the largest and most comprehensive collection of the artist’s work outside Europe.
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