Description of the artwork «Arcadian shepherds»
The shepherds living in idyllically beautiful country of Arcadia, a Paradise on earth, consider the tombstone. On it is carved the epitaph: Et in Arcadia Ego ("And I was in Arcadia"). Young people are at a loss: they clearly for the first time faced with reminders of death, which is inevitable even in a carefree Arcadia. So Poussin creates the classic version of the Baroque vanitas genre.
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Encyclopedia of Styles
Classicism was firmly established in European art of the 17th century, giving ground only in the first third of the next century. The classicists worshiped antiquity, strongly believed in the idea of the order and logic of the universe, as well as in the limitless possibilities of the human mind.