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Georges de La Tour (1593-1652)

Georges de la Tour (1593-1652): <EM>Saint Jerome Reading a Letter</EM>Oil on canvasPhoto courtesy of Museo del Prado
Georges de la Tour (1593-1652): Saint Jerome Reading a Letter
Oil on canvas
Photo courtesy of Museo del Prado
Georges de La Tour (1593-1652)
MADRID  •  Museo Nacional del Prado  •  Ongoing
In France, Georges de La Tour (1593-1652) is considered the most celebrated national artist of the 17th century and one of the most popular in French art of any period, alongside Monet, Renoir and Cézanne.
The present exhibition comprises 31 paintings by La Tour, which is an exceptional number given that only around 40 by his hand survive. They have been loaned from prestigious international institutions such as the Musée du Louvre, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, of which the latter two museums are lending two of the artist’s most essential works, The Fortune Teller and The Cardsharps, respectively. Also fundamental for the organisation of this exhibition has been the generous contribution made by provincial French museums, which house an important number of works by La Tour, as well as the fact that the two recent acquisitions by the Prado of works by the artist (Saint Jerome reading a Letter and The blind Hurdy-gurdy Player) have made the Museum an international reference point for the study of this French painter.

Museo Nacional del Prado Website

Please click here for the Culturekiosque news article: La Tour Portrait Identified by Prado Museum.

Contact: Museo Nacional del Prado
Paseo del Prado
28014 Madrid
Tel: (34) 91 330 28 00

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