Lyon 1636 — 1697 Paris
'Venus Giving Arms to Aeneus,' after Poussin
black chalk underdrawing, pen & grey ink, brush & grey washes. squared for transfer in black chalk. grey framing line. 111/2 x 147/8" (294 x 376mm). laid down to another sheet of laid paper which is inscribed l/l in red chalk N. Poussin and l/c in black chalk: Nic. Poussin.
This lovely drawing was made in preparation for an engraving after Poussin's painting Venus Giving Arms to Aeneus. The painting had been commissioned by Jacques Stella, uncle of Claudine, and a friend of Poussin's since the two had met in Rome. Poussin completed the painting in 1639 and likely brought it to France when he briefly returned there in 1640 or 1642. It remained with Jacques Stella until he died and then descended to Claudine and her brother Antoine. Claudine was already well-known as an engraver of both Poussin's and her uncle's works. She kept and valued highly the painting from 1658 til her death in 1697; it was noted in her inventory when she died. Today the painting is in the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Rouen where it has been since 1866.