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‘The Triumph of Pan’ by French Baroque artist Nicolas Poussin is just one of the masterpieces coming to the Bishop Trevor Gallery this October.

Widely considered to be the founder of the French classical tradition, Poussin paved the way for generations of artists in his homeland. His ‘The Triumph of Pan’ is travelling to County Durham as part of the National Gallery Masterpiece Tour, and for this exhibition the painting will be united with three of his preparatory drawings. The exhibition will also set the work in context, revealing the cultural landscape in which it was created. In the early 17th century Rome was perceived as the capital of Europe. Many French artists of the time were drawn to the Eternal City to study the ruins of ancient Rome, classical sculpture and the great Renaissance paintings. ‘The Triumph of Pan’ will be displayed alongside other 17th century paintings, which show the great flowering of art in Rome during this period, including ‘Narcissus and Echo’ by 

François Perrier and ‘Aeneas and Anchises in the Underworld’ by Alexandre Ubeleski.

National Gallery Masterpiece Tour, 5 October-5 January, Bishop Trevor Gallery, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, Wed-Sun, admission charges apply. aucklandproject.org/whats-on