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ET IN ARCADIA EGO
The first pictorial
representation of "ET IN ARCADIA EGO" theme that was popularized in
16th-century Venice, now made more concrete and vivid by the inscription
"ET IN ARCADIA EGO", is (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri Guercino)'s (1591 -
1666) version, painted between 1618 and 1622 (in the Galleria Nazionale
d'Arte Antica, Rome), in which the inscription gains force from the
prominent presence of a skull in the foreground, beneath which the words
In 1751, Thomas Hudson painted Lady Anson holding a partly rolled copy of an earlier Poussin painting on the same theme known as Les Bergers d'Arcadie I. The Duke of Devonshire owned the original Les Bergers d'Arcadie I at the time. He lived at Chatsworth, quite close to Shugborough.
It was this painting which would be copied in bas-relief by Louis Deprez in the 19th century for the monument conceived by Chateaubriand in Rome at San Lorenzo in Lucina to mark Poussin's burial place.
While the phrase "et in Arcadia ego" is a nominal phrase with no finite
verb, it is a perfectly acceptable construction in Latin.
Pseudohistorians unaware of that aspect of Latin grammar have concluded
that the sentence is incomplete, missing a verb, and have speculated
that it represents some esoteric message concealed in a (possibly
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Et in Arcadia ego". This article also uses materials from http://priory-of-sion.com/psp/id17.html , http://et-in-arcadia-ego.mezzo-mondo.com/poussin-et-in-arcadia-ego.html.
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