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Creator Name: La Tour, Georges de
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: French, 1593-1652
Creator Name-CRT: Georges de La Tour
Title: The Fortune Teller
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1630
Creation End Date: 1639
Creation Date: probably 1630s
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 40 1/8 x 48 5/8 in. (101.9 x 123.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 60.30
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1960
While an old gypsy crone tells his fortune, a naive youth is robbed by her accomplices, a subject popular among Caravaggesque painters throughout Europe in the 17th century. La Tour's painting can be interpreted as a genre or theatrical scene, or as an allusion to the parable of the prodigal son. It has been variously dated from about 1620 to as late as 1639. The inscription includes the name of the town where La Tour lived, Lunéville in Lorraine.
AMICA ID: MMA_.60.30
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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