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Nicolas Poussin

The Death of Germanicus.

1627-1628. Oil on canvas. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, USA. Read Note.

Nicolas Poussin. The Death of Germanicus.

Germanicus Caesar (15 B.C. – A.D.19), a Roman general, the son of Nero Claudius Drusus, and nephew of the emperor Tiberius, who adopted Germanicus. Germanicus was married to Agrippina the Elder, who eventually headed the anti-Tiberius party. The popular opinion is that Germanicus was poisoned by Piso, the governor of Syria, on the order of Tiberius, who was jealous of Germanicus’ popularity. Whatever the case, his death was unexpected and was used for demonstration against unpopular Tiberius