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© The Frick Collection
Georges de La Tour (Studio of)  (1593 - 1652)
Formerly Attributed to Etienne La Tour  (1621 - 1692)
The Education of the Virgin, ca. 1650
Oil on canvas
33 x 39 1/2 in. (83.8 x 100.3 cm)
Purchased by The Frick Collection, 1948
Accession number: 1948.1.155
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Commentary: 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 original; it has been attributed to the artist’s son Étienne 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.

Source: Art in The Frick Collection: Paintings, Sculpture, Decorative Arts, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996.
Collections: Roland Robert, Nice. Knoedler (purchased a share in the picture from Rudolph Heinemann in May 1947). Frick, 1948.

Source: Paintings in The Frick Collection: French, Italian and Spanish. Volume II. New York: The Frick Collection, 1968.

Updated by the Curatorial Department in August 2009.