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Georges la Tour

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In 1638 at the age of 45, Georges de la Tour lost his home and all of his paintings when Lunéville was sacked and burnt. The only paintings that survive from before this time are those that were purchased or donated. Just two years earlier Georges, his family, and one of his nephews had survived the plague. These events shaped his future and influence much of his art. St. Sebastian Attended by St. Irene had special significance during this period. St. Sebastian was the patron saint to which they prayed for protection from the plague. Whether it was a prayer for protection or a prayer of thanks, the painting speaks eloquently of the times.

In 1639, the King of France presented him with 100 francs for some service and from this time forward, he was known as “Sir Georges la Tour, painter of His Majesty.” Both the King and Henri de La Fertá-Senneterre the Governor of Lorraine, were art lovers and patrons of Georges. Between the two of them, they commissioned a great deal of his work.

The subject that appears to have captivated his attention for many years was Mary Magdalene. Over the course of 15 years, he painted no less than five different version of the Repenting Magdalene. In Disney’s Little Mermaid, a Repentant Magdalene is seen in Ariel’s cave. It appears that the artists at Disney created a hybrid of two of la Tour’s paintings for the movie: Magdalene with the Nightlight and Magdalene in a Flickering Light. Georges was considered a master of light because of his depiction of candlelit scenes, such as these.

Although he was a well-recognized and popular painter of his time, he has not always been immediately recognized in modern times. In the mid-90s, Georges painting of John the Baptist Preaching in the Desert was put up for sale for a mere $1600 at the Drouot. Luckily, Pierre Rosenberg, the head of the Louvre recognized the painting as his and the painting was removed from the auction and later sold to Sotheby’s in Monaco for $1,797,910. Quite a surprise!

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Georges la Tour. (2012, March 29). In Inside The Da Vinci Code. Retrieved 09:27, August 20, 2017, from http://www.insidethedavincicode.com/georges-la-tour/
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The Chicago Manual of Style
classbrain, “Georges la Tour.” Inside The Da Vinci Code, http://www.insidethedavincicode.com/georges-la-tour/ [accessed August 20, 2017].
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classbrain, Georges la Tour [Internet]. Inside The Da Vinci Code; 2012 March 29, 22:57 UTC [cited 2017 Aug 20]. Available from: http://www.insidethedavincicode.com/georges-la-tour/.
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Georges la Tour, http://www.insidethedavincicode.com/georges-la-tour/ (last visited Aug. 20, 2017).
AMA style
classbrain, Georges la Tour. Inside The Da Vinci Code. March 29, 2012, 22:57 UTC. Available at: http://www.insidethedavincicode.com/georges-la-tour/. Accessed August 20, 2017.

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