Inverted Glass House
Philip Johnson’s Glass House consumed by Poussin’s Burial of Phocion. The painting is usually part of the house’s interior furniture arrangement that includes the arrangement of rug, chairs and table that Johnson originally commissioned Mies van der Rohe to design. The exact positions and dimensions of the layout are preserved with a precise annotated plan that the housekeeper refers to when cleaning the house.
Poussin’s painting is set on a stand so that, when seated in a Mies chair, the horizon of the image lines up with the real horizon of the landscape.
Inverted Glass house blurs the connection between the painted and real landscape more. Poussin’s landscape becomes the exterior setting of the house, extending the original architecture’s exploration of connection between interior and exterior.