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Midas Washing at the Source of the Pactolus, ca. 1627 by...

Midas Washing at the Source of the Pactolus, ca. 1627 by Molly Via Flickr: Midas Washing at the Source of the Pactolus, ca. 1627 Nicolas Poussin (French, 1594–1665) Oil on canvas; 38 3/8 x 28 5/8 in. (97.5 x 72.7 cm) Purchase, 1871 (71.56) Poussin was drawn to the story of Midas, an allegory of vanity (Ovid, Metamorphoses XI:100–145). Bacchus offered Midas a gift, and the king asked that everything he touched be turned to gold.
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