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Verwilt, François
The Education of Mary
Around 1660

François Verwilt’s re?ned technique, featuring precise brushwork, primary colours and clear daylight, re?ects an internatonal classicist trend adopted by painters in Utrecht, where Verwilt trained. Catholic viewers would have appreciated this apocryphal scene in which playful angels tutor the youthful Virgin Mary. Clothes piled on the ?oor recall the legend that Mary sewed vestments for the Temple priests. The central ?gure may be a portrait in disguise.

 
Verwilt, François
Rotterdam, Netherlands 1620–Rotterdam, Netherlands 1691
The Education of Mary
Around 1660
Oil on canvas
86 x 101 cm
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Bader, 1978
21-095

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