Essay Magdalen

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George De La Tour was a lost master who was rediscovered in the 20th century. He was born on March 13, 1593 in the town of Vic-upon- Seille, in Lorainne. He is the second son out of seven. It is not known where he studied or where he spent his youth.. Influenced by Caravaggio, he created paintings in the chiaroscuro style. He devoted himself mainly to the representation of genre and religious subjects, both in day scenes as well as nocturnal ones. One of those many paintings was, “Magdalene with the Smoking Flame” (1638-1640). He received a commission to paint a piece for the Council of Trent. It met as a response to the Protestant Reformation. Their goal was to use art to teach religious stories and virtues. Mary Magdalene was to …show more content…
The final portrayal of Mary Magdalene was very successful and accepted by the Catholic Society. In the book The Penitent Magdalene and the Way to True Conversion of the Heart Fr. Jason Smith states: “I have found no better representation of conversion and penance in art than The Penitent Magdalene, by George de La Tour. Though simple, it expresses the essential elements behind every conversion, and we can find in it powerful lessons to apply to our own life.”
Smith brings out the fact that her thoughtful state is the state of all humans. We contemplate in our darkness and question what lies ahead. Humans seek answers. Mary Magdalene was just a girl like anyone else who when confronted with enlightenment pondered over it for a long time. A hint of fear is true to all of us in life. To be afraid is the way one reaches faith. “Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, and something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom?” George De La Tour was able to capture this side of Christian

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