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Title: Mother and Child (The Education of the Virgin)
Date: ca. 1650
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Image: 48 x 36 inches (121.9 x 91.4 cm)
Credit Line: Edgar Bromberger Memorial Bequest
Object Number: 65.078
Label Text: This painting probably depicts the education of the Virgin Mary, a subject based on an apocryphal legend that relates how Mary's mother, St. Anne, taught her to read and sew. The life of the Virgin was seen as a model for good maidens to follow, and episodes were illustrated in numerous paintings intended for churches as well as private homes. The work displays an intimacy and lyrical grace reminiscent of paintings by Bernardo Strozzi (1581-1644).

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