HOME / Art : The big picture. Poussin's Dark Passions A god of French painting comes to America. By Christopher Benfey|Posted Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, at 1:11 PM Tweet Click here to read a slide-show essay about Poussin's landscapes. . Advertisement . . Tweet MYSLATE Save this story. Follow all Art articles. Follow the Arts section. Follow stories by Christopher Benfey. MySlate is a new tool that lets you track your favorite parts of Slate. You can follow authors and sections, track comment threads you're interested in, and more. SLATE'S MOST VIRAL UPDATE: Oklahoma Officials Revise Tornado Death Toll Down to 24 How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown? Is Your State Bird a Stupid State Bird? What It Should Be Instead. 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. Click here to load comments.