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  • Widow and Her Priest

    Artist:
    Greuze, Jean-Baptiste. 1725-1805
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    128x160,5 cm

Greuze, Jean-Baptiste. 1725-1805

Widow and Her Priest

France, Second half of the 18th century

In a letter Greuze himself revealed the subject of this painting: "it is a sequel to the various characters already treated by me. It depicts a priest who is going to help a widow and her children with his advice and give them lessons in virtue." A drawing by Greuze in the British Museum contains four figures - the cure, the widow's daughter, the widow herself and her small boy - and reveals Greuze's great powers of observation. Yet the subject is treated by the artist much like a work of literature, in which virtue is rewarded and vice punished.

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Widow and Her Priest

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oil

Dimensions:

128x160,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1934; handed over from the Pavlovsk Palace Museum

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-7521

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