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Nicholas Poussin


In addition to re-reading books about megalithic sites (see my previous post for details), I have been working my way through Volume Three of Arthur Mee’s Children’s Encyclopedia.

In Chapter 14 of the Art category, on page 1681 I was reading about the French artist Nicholas Poussin who lived from 1594 to 1665.

He was the first great classical painter… All his life he had had an intense love for ancient history and classical art and legend. He painted a large number of pictures of old story and mythology; and the canvases seem to have been worked on partly by a historian who had a passion for being right in details, and partly by an artist who had a passion for magnificent landscapes and scenes of bygone times.

It would seem that to him the actual old world with its trees, hills, temples, and groves was more important than the men and women peopling it…

Perhaps you can see my link here.

Sadly there were no examples of this passion for temples and groves in the encyclopedia itself, so I consulted Google (where his name is spelled Nicolas rather than Nicholas). What I came across was his painting titled “The Birth of Venus” seen above.

The last book I read about megalithic sites was Uriel’s Machine by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas. In it they talk about the history of global floods and indeed the story of Noah. What I saw in Poussin’s work was this story. It is Noah I see in his Ark at the top left, releasing his doves, it is the angels smiting the sinners as the storm brews.

In other work figures are depicted with staffs, which again after reading could be considered to be sighting staffs, or measuring rods.


And as was likely to be the case, I’m not the first to pick up on these things, or the possibility that Poussin was a Freemason:


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