Hold it right there…

Bacchus and his wild retinue of centaurs, satyrs and naked nymphs are in constant motion and yet spellbindingly still in the precisionengineered art of Nicolas Poussin

Laura Cumming Poussin and the Dance National Gallery, London WC2; until 2 January 2022

The scene: a chain of dancers in a glade, Roman tunics fluttering beneath a sky torn between sunlight and fierce darkness. A man leaps, two women twirl, a third opens her arms in elegant arabesque. There is ballet, and there is raucous Scottish...

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