Art: The Great Disciplinarian

André Gide called him "the first of our great French painters and the most French of our great painters," but France herself has been strangely ambivalent about the 17th century master, Nicolas Poussin. Though his canvases hang in all the best museums, his works have at times been virtually ignored by gallerygoers. And though the experts have subjected Poussin to periodic "rediscoveries," he has sometimes seemed little more than a name to which the textbooks paid their perfunctory respects. This summer Poussin is enjoying his most spectacular "rediscovery" yet, in the form of...

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