May 15, 2008

Education of the Virgin

Education of the Virgin

c. 1700

Giuseppe Mazzuoli

(Italian, 1644–1725)


Overall: 110.5 x 96.5 x 26 cm (43 1/2 x 38 x 10 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1973.6


During the Counter-Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church increasingly upheld Saint Anne, the Virgin Mary’s mother, as an example of virtuous motherhood, particularly in emphasizing her daughter’s religious education. Its graceful composition also connects to the idealized, elegant work of Guido Reni.

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