Wednesday, November 20, 2013

La Tour "The Penitent Magdalen"

This is an oil on canvas painting by Georges de La Tour created in 1683-43. The painting depicts Mary Magdalen at the moment of her conversion. I chose this painting because I found the way in which the light engaged its audience was very interesting. We are draw to focus on the light of the candle which softly lights the front of Mary. I also love the contrast between the light from the candle and the dark shadows. The skull on Mary's lap is said to be a symbol of mortality. 

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