Georges De La Tour


Georges de la Tour (1593-1652) was a French artist: little is known of him and many of his paintings were earlier attributed to other hands, including Caravaggio. He worked for the Duke of Lorraine, and later became a painter at the court of the King of France. Many of his works are on religious themes, and are characterised by careful composition, with dramatically candle-lit faces and deeply shadowed backgrounds: "human warmth in a vast wilderness".

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