George or Étienne de La Tour / The Education of the Virgin / c. 1650George or Étienne de La Tour
The Education of the Virgin
c. 1650

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Creator Name: La Tour, Georges de
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Dates/Places: 1593-1652 (George) b.1621 (Etienne)
Creator Name-CRT: George or √Čtienne de La Tour
Title: The Education of the Virgin
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1640
Creation End Date: 1660
Creation Date: c. 1650
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas (lined)
Dimensions: 33 x 39 1/2 in. (83.8 x 100.4 cm.)
Inscriptions: Signed behind the Virgin at left: "de la Tour f."
AMICA Contributor: The Frick Collection
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 48.1.155
Credit Line: Purchased
Subject Terms: Virgin Mary-Education
Context: The authorship of this painting has been much debated. Recent studies of the several surviving versions suggest that all may be replicas of a lost original by Georges de La Tour. Yet some scholars maintain that the Frick canvas is the it has been attributed to the artist's son √Čtienne primarily because of the form of its signature. The painter's striking use of light imbues the popular genre motif of St. Anne teaching her daughter to read the Bible with a hushed aura of reverence.
Related Document Description: New York, The Frick Collection. Art in the Frick Collection: Paintings, Sculpture, Decorative Arts [cat.]. Comps. C. Ryskamp, et al., 1996, p.67. New York, The Frick Collection. An Illustrated Catalogue. Vol.2, Paintings. [cat.]. 1968, pp.147-150 (reproduced).
AMICA ID: TFC_.Latour.48-1-155
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Frick Collection, New York, 1999

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