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Jim Strachan <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 23 Jan 1999 21:54:20 -0800
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I believe Poussin's painting is called_Les Bergers d'Arcadia_ and the motto
used by Nicolas was Et ego in Arcadia (I, too, have lived in Arcadia).
The motto, however, was first used by Bartholomew Schidoni (1560-1616): I,
too, was born in Arcadia, and was adopted by Goethe for his travels in
Italy in 1816.
Arcadia was idealized by Virgil in his _Ecologues_ and in the pastoral
works of the Renaissance by Sidney's _Arcadia_. And for some reason I keep
thinking it was used in the poetry of Shelley or Keats (?), but I could be
At 07:13 PM 99-01-22 -0500, Michael Kicey replied to Bill Freind's lament:
>Well, there's a painting by Poussin called _Et in Arcadia ego_ that shows
>two rather studly neoclassical-looking chaps gazing at a tombstone.
>Obviously, as you probably already know, an allegory of the omnipresence
>of death.  I used to have a book with that painting in it, but alas it is
>not to be found.
>Hope that helps, or at least verifies what you already probably know.
>Cheers to all and sundry,
>Michael Kicey
>On 22.01.1999 6:23 PM, W. Freind at [log in to unmask] lamented:
>>Can someone point me to the source of "Et in Arcadia ego?" I keep thinking
>>Vergil, but can't find it.
>>Yes, I know I should know that.
>>Bill Freind
>Desire is at once the most reluctant student
>and the most demanding teacher.
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