European Art
Artist: Nicolas Poussin, French, 1594–1665

The Adoration of the Shepherds

ca. 1653

Oil on canvas

unframed: 83.82 × 125.73 cm (33 × 49 1/2 in.)
Gift of William T. Lapko and purchased with the Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
2016.24.1
Culture: 
French
Period: 
17th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Probably the painting commissioned from Poussin by Seraphin de Mauroy, Intendant des Finances, and later French Ambassador to Rome, in 1650; Apparently executed in 1653; Joachim de Seigliere de Boisfranc (or Bois-Franc); Collection of William Morris Hunt, Boston; Heirs of William Morris Hunt (– July 27, 1940); Count Ivan N. Podgoursky, New York and San Antonio (July 27, 1941–1962); Estate of Count Ivan N. Podgoursky; Mary Ermolaev (née Babicki), his wife (1962–1999); Estate of Vladimir Podgoursky (2011); by descent to William Lapko, his son

Bibliography: 

John Smith, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters (London: Smith and Son, 1829–1842), xliv–xlv; 29, no. 51.

Andreas Andresen, Nicolaus Poussin: Verzeichnis der nach seinen Gemälden gefertigten gleichzeitigen und späteren Küpferstiche (Leipzig: Leipzig, 1863), no. 93.

Émile Magne, Nicolas Poussin, premier peintre du roi, 1594-1665 (documents inédits) suivi d’un catalogue raisonné et accompagné de la reproduction de 2145 de ses tableaux et dessins, de deux portraits, autographes et autres documents (Paris: G. Van Oest, 1914), 208, no. 175.

Otto Grautoff, Nicolas Poussin, sein Werk und sein Leben, 2 (Munich: Munich, 1914), 255.

Walter Friedländer, Nicolas Poussin (Munich: Piper, 1914), 122; 270.

André Félibien, Entretiens sur la vie et les ouvrages de Nicolas Poussin (Geneva: Pierre Cailler, 1947), 89.

Anthony Blunt, The Paintings of Nicolas Poussin. A Critical Catalogue, I (London: Phaidon, 1966), 33, no. 42.

Anthony Blunt, Nicolas Poussin, 7 (New York: Bollingen Foundation, 1967), 301, 309, 312„ pl. 212.

Jacques Thuillier, Tout l’oeuvre peint de Poussin: documentation et catalogue raisonné (Paris: Flammarion, 1974), no. 185.

Christopher Wright, Poussin, paintings: a catalogue raissonné (New York: Hippocrene Books, 1985), 111, 225, no. 181.

Jacques Thuillier, Nicolas Poussin (Paris: Flammarion, 1994), 262, no. 206.

“Acquisitions July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2016.pdf (accessed December 1, 2016).

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.