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The Education of the Virgin

Eugene Delacroix
1798 - 1863
The Education of the Virgin
Oil on canvas 46 x 55.5 cm
Signed lower right: Eug. Delacroix

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Delacroix was the main protagonist of French Romantic painting. Influenced by Rubens and Venetian masters, he developed a painting style of luminous colors and dynamic movement. In this work, however, he seems to display another aspect of his art, depicting an intimate and quiet scene like a musical nocturne. The subject is the Virgin being taught to read the Old Testament by her mother St. Anne. He had painted a larger canvas of the same subject ten years before, using Georges Sand's farm wife and her daughter as models.

(Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)

photo:Eugene Delacroix
The Education of the Virgin