Style and Meaning Converge in Georges de La Tour’s The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame
Lynn Orr Ph.D., Executive Director, The History Museum of Hood River County
The most skilled pictorial artists capture our imagination by making stylistic choices perfectly attuned to the meaning of their images. With deftness of hand finely tuned to narrative intent, an artist can paint away the psychological space between his world and ours. Georges de La Tour’s incomparable The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame is an absorbing masterpiece that draws us into the delicious physicality of his painted realm. Join 17th-century specialist Lynn Orr for a conversation about La Tour’s artistic essay on the Magdalen. Explore how he crafts, both visually and iconographically, the persona of the New Testament’s Mary of Magdala as sanctioned by the 17th-century Catholic Church.Purchase tickets
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