Poussin's paintings at the Met.

The big picture.
Feb. 20 2008 1:11 PM

Poussin's Dark Passions

A god of French painting comes to America.

Click here to launch a slide show about Poussin's landscapes.

Click here to read a slide-show essay about Poussin's landscapes.

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Christopher Benfey is Mellon professor of English at Mount Holyoke. His latest book, A Summer of Hummingbirds, about writers and artists in Gilded Age America, has just been published by the Penguin Press.