Titus at the Massacre at Jerusalem
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Charles Poerson ( Vic-sur-Seille 1609 - Paris 1667 )
He was a pupil of Vouet, probably being in his studio from around 1632 until 1638. Much of his work is destroyed or lost, and there are few firm dates in his oeuvre. It is, however, clear that his early work was deeply influenced by that of Vouet. He adopted the contrapposto figures of the latter, his sense of movement, play of hands and draperies, and the dynamic quality characteristic of his compositions. Indeed, Poërson seems sometimes to have exaggerated these qualities, as in the crowded composition St Peter Preaching in Jerusalem (Paris, Notre-Dame; sketch or replica, Los Angeles, CA, Co. Mus. A.). This signed and dated work was the May of Notre-Dame (the picture commissioned annually by the Paris Goldsmiths’ Corporation for the Cathedral) in 1642, and the prestigious commission indicates the position that the young artist had already attained. In 1653 he executed another May, St Paul in Malta (untraced).