My Gift

25 12 2007

Education of the Virgin

Here is my little gift to you. It’s called The Education of the Virgin and may or may not have been painted by Georges de La Tour in about 1650. He did paint the original, but it is not clear whether this is the original or a replica, possibly painted by his son.

It represents St. Anne teaching her daughter to read the Bible and it hangs in the Frick Museum in New York. I stood in front of it for a long time, despite the fact that I’m not overly fond of religious paintings. It’s just the light on St. Anne’s face and the way the candlelight glows through the little girl’s fingers. They both look so tranquil and I like the way the candle illuminates their heavy woolen clothes. It must have been cold and I wonder how the room was heated and whether their feet were cold.

It’s apparent that the child’s face has been overzealously cleaned, because it is so washed out compared to the rest of the painting. Her face must have been quite beautiful, like her mother’s, when it was first painted.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.

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2 responses

27 12 2007
Foghorn

i do very much

thank you

27 12 2007
gockow

I think you might want to start dividing your posts into categories so that you can have an art category.

This is beautiful. Thank you.

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